i can appreciate Schultz. Like Kimmy before him, he's a touch overpaid for what he does. However, with Johnsson gone Nick is IMO our most solid defensive guy. I've seen proposals recently offering him up and I shudder to think how low our D will sink if we swap him out for a forward. Never know what might happen, but no one would dish him out and expect a rookie to come in and do the same job.
FWIW i though Johnsson was quite a bit better defensively than Schultz, but then he was making more $, too. I'm able to swallow Schultz' salary right now (as i was with Johnsson) because we are short of those kinds of players--you don't just get rid of one because he's overpaid and insert a rookie, and what would we have to give up in another trade to get a Schultz-level defenseman back for less salary?
I don't see him going anywhere, and I'm okay with that. Definitely don't want him to be replaced by another Zidlicky.