Here's Bob McKenzie extinguishing faint hopes in Anaheim:
It is confirmed Justin Schultz de-registered from Wisconsin earlier this week, starting a process that could make blue-chip ANA prospect UFA— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 25, 2012
Ducks have 30-day exclusive window to sign him but writing is on wall: Schultz going to UFA. 30-day window expires just prior to NHL draft.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 25, 2012
Obvious strategy now for ANA is to trade Schultz's rights to club Schultz will sign with but Ducks would need Schultz's cooperation on that.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 25, 2012
Schultz will become UFA - able to listen to offers - prior to draft but not able to actually sign til July 1.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 25, 2012
Next to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Schultz may be most sought after UFA this summer. Blue chip, Top 4 offensive defenceman prospect.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 25, 2012
If you're not caught up on Justin Schultz and his situation here's an in-depth post Graeme did a few weeks ago in which the case is made for Ottawa. I want to believe it myself and it's a persausive case, but truth be told come July 1st they'll be 29 teams selling Shultz on the merits of their organization. The Euge was over the moon talking up the Da Costa signing last spring, but landing Schultz would be a many times greater coup. Do your college free agent thang Tim Murray.
Turning the Pageau
The latest news out of the Jean-Gabriel Pageau camp is that the Senators have submitted an entry level contract offer to his representation.
Talking the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
With the Stanley Cup playoffs winding down and June's Entry Draft only a few weeks away, we've tentatively scheduled a live chat using the Cover It Live application for Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm. Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman, a former podcast guest of ours, will be joining us to talk about the draft and Ottawa's farm system. Hope you can join us. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out Corey's Top 100 Prospect List -- that features write ups explaining each of the player's respective rankings.