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Rangers interested in Justin Schultz, Part II - The "Fans Praying" Edition
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06-13-2012, 07:32 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Jim Matheson knows Slats very well. He reported this two months ago
Most NHL management types feel the Rangers have the inside track to get Jason Schultz, the best. U.S. college defenceman who looks like he’ll go on the open market because it doesn’t appear he wants to sign with the Anaheim Ducks, who drafted him. “He could play with (Derek) Stepan and (Ryan) McDonagh, two former University of Wisconsin teammates,” said one NHL GM, who feels he has no shot at Schultz
. “But the one team Schultz should be looking at is the Oilers. He could play right away and he can pass the puck to Hall and Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins and they can grow together. That would be a no-brainer for me. I’m not sure why Schultz doesn’t want to sign in Anaheim, though. Something must have happened.” It’s the same scenario Blake Wheeler went through. If you play one year of junior hockey and three years of college and you want to leave school and haven’t signed with the team that drafted you (in Wheeler’s case that was Phoenix), you are an unrestricted free agent. Here’s what could happen: the Ducks could trade his rights to a team they think has a good chance to sign him. Any draft pick back will be better than nothing.
McD and Step can talk to Schultz about coming to join them. Its not tampering. The NBA dealt with issue during the LBJ and D-Wade stuff 2 years ago.
Concerns about this issue have been mounting since an ESPN.com report in late June that James, Wade and Bosh met face-to-face before free agency to discuss their plans.
Yet the league's general position has been that players are not subject to the same tampering restrictions as teams except for "the most egregious cases," when it can be proven that a player was operating as a direct extension of team management
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