Justin Schultz leaving college
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05-25-2012, 07:20 PM
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What I am not getting is that if Schultz indeed gave the Ducks his word he will sign with them, there should be no problem. This is a binding (preliminary) agreement (not an NHL contract but still basic civil law) between two parties and the Ducks should easily be able to nail him on that. At the very least this should be enough to either prevent him from signing somewhere else OR get serious compensation from the team he signs with.
I think Bryan Murray wanted to try that with Kariya when he bolted, but proof would be almost impossible. Even if they recorded him saying it, I don't think that'd be admissable right away.
If Schultz indeed intends to bolt, biggest right now would be to either trade his rights or somehow catch a team tampering, which is possible. Schultz finishing his school year officially only gives him a week to negotiate before July 1, but I imagine a team might try earlier.
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