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03-18-2012, 06:28 AM
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Rangers interested in Justin Schultz as a free agent

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The Rangers will attempt to pump another resource through their Badgers Pipeline by getting in on the derby for Wisconsin junior defenseman Justin Schultz if the 43rd overall selection in the 2008 Entry Draft spurns Anaheimís offers and becomes a free agent on July 1, Slap Shots has learned.

Schultz, who will turn 22 on June 6, is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman much in the mold of Ryan McDonagh, but with a more developed offensive game. McDonagh and Derek Stepan each played the 2009-10 season with then-freshman Schultz at Wisconsin before turning pro with the Rangers.

The Blueshirts would be in the hunt for this Hobey Baker nominee regardless, but their interest likely is intensified because of uncertainty regarding the health of Michael Sauer, who has been sidelined since Dec. 5 with post-concussion symptoms.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Schultz would be bound to sign a two-year Entry Level contract if he chooses to become a free agent. If he were to eschew free agency and sign with Anaheim before the end of the season, he would have only one year remaining on the Entry Level deal.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/islan...#ixzz1pT04Msho

Why would they not be interested? Right handed shot. Provides offensive punch from the blueline.

They get Schultz for 2 years at entry level money. Gives them a cheap option on D. He will probably command a decent bonus package but there will be a bonus cushion in the next CBA. If Schultz hits those bonuses,the Rangers have a great player on their hands.

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Blake Wheeler was free to talk to teams in June 2008. He visited the Rangers and other teams. He agreed to terms with Boston before July 1. The signing was announced on July 1.

Same scenario for Schultz.

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Bad news about Sauer. He must be in bad shape. He suffered the concussion more than 3 months ago with not much or any improvement.

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Sucks to hear about Sauer. Any additional scoutung reports on this kid?

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Blake Wheeler was free to talk to teams in June 2008. He visited the Rangers and other teams. He agreed to terms with Boston before July 1. The signing was announced on July 1.

Same scenario for Schultz.
Wheeler used his leverage to sign with the only team he ever really intended to sign with. Making it more hilarious when he was traded.

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Please sign this kid.

Promise him NHL time right away.

Pair him with Staal.

I hate to, but now I have my hopes up that we get this kid.

Tell him his number is available lol. #6.


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By the way, they messed up in the article. He's 21 not yet 22.

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Please. Get. Schultz.

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Yes. Please get him.

Kid is going to be a star.

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I read about him in THN the other day, sounds great. Really hoping we could sign him.

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Stealing Schultz from the Ducks would be absolutely great. Obviously I'd hate to be on the other side of such a situation, and I believe that the next CBA should really address this loophole, but another high end defensive prospect, especially without giving up any assets, would be superb.

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Depth is good so sign as much talent as possible.

As for Sauer they just have to give him time but I guess they cant count on him coming back.

They still have McD, Girardi, Staal, DZ, Erixon for next yr and likely sign RFAs Bickel and Stralman so that is 7. McIlrath will get a shot in camp.

That should give enough depth going into camp and then hope Sauer bumps one of those guys out

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they get this kid Schultz, Erixon is a goner

GUARANTEED

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they get this kid Schultz, Erixon is a goner

GUARANTEED
No Sauer is in lala land.

Mcdonagh-Girardi
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Why would they not be interested? Right handed shot. Provides offensive punch from the blueline.

They get Schultz for 2 years at entry level money. Gives them a cheap option on D. He will probably command a decent bonus package but there will be a bonus cushion in the next CBA. If Schultz hits those bonuses,the Rangers have a great player on their hands.
30 teams would be interested.

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Schultz is an offensive defenseman. Besides DZ,the Rangers don't have much offense from the blueline. Schultz could decide to play closer to home in Vancouver or maybe he doesn't want the pressure of playing close to home. He could decide to play on a team with former teammates such as the Rangers. A young team with many former NCAA players. Schultz will have many pursuers.

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Please sign this kid.

Promise him NHL time right away.

Pair him with Staal.

I hate to, but now I have my hopes up that we get this kid.

Tell him his number is available lol. #6.
the cursed #6

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Why is everybody so quick to hate on Erixon?

Glad to hear we are interested, but he will reap some serious bonuses if he is not dealt like Tim before the deadline.

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Why is everybody so quick to hate on Erixon?

Glad to hear we are interested, but he will reap some serious bonuses if he is not dealt like Tim before the deadline.
I didn't see so many hating on him... Idk why anyone would though. He's great, just needs size.

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Feed the defensive depth machine, feed it! Give me all your free agents!

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If the Rangers sign him then they might have to get rid of Stu Bickel

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Not entirely sold on Schultz. But if you can sign him for no lost assets why not?

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If the Rangers sign him then they might have to get rid of Stu Bickel
I don't see why Bickel isn't a preferable option for 7th Dman/ 13th forward utility player than Eminger or Stralman.

That said, it dpends on if Stu would want to stay in that role.

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Schultz would fill an obvious need in the organization. Due to neither Sanguinetti nor Gilroy turning out as hoped, there is a great need for a an offensive D-man with a RH'd shot. He'd be a welcome pickup.

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Man this defense would be insane, assuming the kid lives up to his hype and everyone else keeps progressing or maintaining their elite play.

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