However on Friday, Michael Russo who covers the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune mentioned on the radio that he thinks a team may have already gotten to Schultz, and that Anaheim may go after them with a tampering charge.
Russo was filling in on the Twin-Cities radio station KFAN Friday when he mentioned the possible tampering charges. The following is a transcript of what Russo reported on the air:
"Lot of people asking me about Justin Schultz. What happened today (withdrawing from school) is a formality. Schultz has been playing hardball from Anaheim since they thought they were signing him at the end of the year. Really at the end of the regular season they thought they were putting him in the lineup. Schultz is a Wisconsin defenseman."
"I think somebody has gotten to Schultz, and told him ‘come here, come here.' And I think that we'll know who that team is, come July 1 wherever he signs. And that's why I don't think the Wild have a chance with him. Of course the Wild would be interested in someone like him."
"But he has his mind set on going to one specific team right now. And whatever that team is, I guarantee you the Anaheim Ducks will go after them with a tampering charge, because the Anaheim Ducks have been building that case for the last couple of months. They have all sorts of e-mails from him basically saying, ‘I'm coming there, I'm coming there,' and suddenly, for some reason, he's not coming there."-Michael Russo on KFAN 5/15/12