According to the ESPN Rumors page Jeff Schultz is available (he's been a scratch 12 0f last 14 games):
Defenseman Jeff Schultz may not suit up for the Washington Capitals again this season. Or ever. Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com reports Schultz -- a healthy scratch in 12 of his last 14 games -- is waiting for a trade or demotion to the AHL Hershey Bears.
The recent promotion of AHL defenseman Tomas Kundratek just provided an extra kick in the pants.
Given his size and shut-down role do we have interest in him?
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I don't care if he's less than mobile, he's an obvious improvement over what the Islanders have for a blueline today. Adding Schultz doesn't make it great, but any step closer to passable is a step to make.
The Caps have D to spare, and any HF-assumed apprehension toward a trade with a team tehy're about to share a mini-conference with is out of the window with the PA shooting down the proposed design. If I were Snow, I'd hit up McPhee and see what the asking price is.
(Sidenote: Don't take this as me saying to get Schultz and immediately throw him on the 1st pairing, but when I look at Mark Streit's stats it looks to me like he'd benefit form a stay-at-home defensive partner. The +/- screams for help, but he's still getting en route to 40 points.)
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Compare for a moment the difference between Eaton and Schultz. You guys do know that Eaton gets 2.5/year.
I say take him..The Caps probably won't ask for much in return as they are too close to the cap and next year they are gonna have to renegotiate Vokoun's contract...he ain't gonna want to be paid 100k forever. We may get him straight up for future considerations or like a 3 or 4th rounder or something.
Absolutely, is better than Eaton and Mottau, big dman who uses his size, sure not the best skater and gives some of the guys down in bport more time to develop and its not that bad of a cap hit, if he brings size and physicality to our blue line then yes we should do it
It all depends on the asking price.
It all they seek is a late round pick (3rd or lower) then Id consider it. But if they are asking for Hamonic, then obviously NO.
I'd think folks would be a little more amenable to making a move that could force Mottau off the roster. Schultz is big, only 25 and signed for a few more seasons. He still as room to improve and may have a good chance to do so given ice time.
I mean, hell....he was a +50 at the end of the '10 season....(granted, due to Washington's inflated offense) but people are still going to turn their noses up at that?
What demand doesn't he fill??
Likely long career ahead of him? Check.
Signed for multiple seasons? Check.
Defensively responsible? Obviously somewhat, sporking a +50. CHECK.
Pushed off of a roster due to salary and depth? CHECK.
Hell, I'd do a Wisniewski for it. Offer a 2nd & 5th for him today, get picks back via other player/pick movement for a good draft.
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And another point.....in SIX NHL seasons, the only 2 times he didn't play over 60 games were his 1st season in which he split 82 between Washington & Hershey and this season, so health shouldn't be as much of a worry.
If anyone has a good reason for the Isles not to make an attempt, I'm all ears.
Neither, Schultz isn't the only dman available so that shouldn't be an option.
If the recent article interviewing Yzerman is correct and higher-end defenders aren't shipping easily at the moment, Schultz is still well enough in the wheelhouse of what the team needs to the point where there's no good reason to pass on the improvement that would still come about after swapping for him (as long as the Isles don't overpay.)
No offense, but I really can't wrap my head around the logic behind turning up our noses at a guy who can obviously stay healthy, has size, isn't over the hill and may still be approaching his peak.
People even said Jonsson was terrible from time to time. Beggars can't be choosers, and at this point, whether we like it or not, the Isles are beggars when it comes to player acquisition. There are more players available at the offseason TODAY, but that can change quickly. It isn't like what I say here influences whether or not the team makes an attempt at him .......but I don't get how such a player who can help for the short term gets such a flat reaction, considering all the clamoring for size/better defensive instincts on the blueline.