Posts Tagged ‘Justin Schultz’

Via NHL Network:

From, “Five questions with Wayne Gretzky”

Turning to Edmonton now, why did you make a phone call to help the Oilers recruit Justin Schultz?

“I think it was the right decision for the young man. Listen, when you’re 22 years old, or 21 years old, your dream is to play in the National Hockey League. Once you’re playing in the National Hockey League, then it’s like, ‘OK, I’ve gotta win the Stanley Cup. But your focus is first to make it, and the only way you can make it is to get ice time. I just really felt for him he was going to get the ice time in the right situation, with a good coaching staff and a good organization that is bringing young guys along. I really believed it was the right fit for him to go to Edmonton. Hopefully it works out for him.”

Jeez, Gretz hasn’t been associated with the Edmonton Oilers since a former owner, who turned out to be ethically challenged, traded him to another ethically challenged owner. That was way back in the 1980’s. There are kids in the NHL today who weren’t even alive on the day of the trade that changed hockey forever.

On that day I had a practice at Pickwick Ice Rink in Burbank. Larry Bruyere was on the ice with some kids. He shouts out to me, “Did ya hear? Marty McSorely is a King.” I laughed back, “And Mike Krushelynski too!”

Our Ducks weren’t even a team yet. And now, all these years later, the guy who sold hockey in California and the American Southwest, did a dirty on our Ducks.

Fact is, I can’t disagree with what TGO told Schultz. The young D-man would get a chance to play in Edmonton. Despite Bob Murray’s promise of the same in Anaheim, we all know Bob Murray has trouble keeping his word.

Who knows, maybe Sami Vatanen will be more successful than Justin Schultz. There is that pesky truth thingy though. Sami is playing in Norfolk while Justin is up with the Oilers. And as Gretz might have said, our Ducks don’t have a reputation for bringing young guys along.

Note: On the Saturday edition of NHL Tonight Kevin Weekes reported a possible trade sending Corey Perry to the Bruins was in the works. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe dismissed it. Other than an innocuous reference by Eklund that “something big is happening involving a Pacific Division team,” it would appear the chatter has no legs.

Jeez, it feels great to be blogging about hockey questions again. So let’s just step out and do it.

Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are UFA’s at the end of this shortened season. The Twins and The Finn Twins if you will. The parties were prohibited from negotiating during the lockout. There could well be a gentleman’s agreement in place, but Bob Murray thought he had just such an agreement with Justin Schultz. The challenge for Bob Murray is, if either of The Twins remained unsigned at the trade deadline does he move one or both or risk losing one or both for nothing?

The Twins are still close but no longer joined at the hip. Both have settled into long-term relationships. Getz is married and a Dad. Pears is seriously committed. While they won’t be negotiating as a pair you can bet they’ll discuss their own respective future with each other.

Were it just left among our Ducks, Perry, Getzlaf and their respective agents and other advisers this would not be much of a concern.Count twenty-nine other teams, led by Brian Burke to have offers ready should either or both Perry and Getzlaf be UFA in less than six months.


The rumor mill will be churning, especially if the Ducks feel like they won’t be able to re-sign Perry and/or Getzlaf.

No doubt the Gossip Girls will be gabby bandwidth burners.

As for Teemu, I expect this to be his last but you never know. Certainly there’s a finality to having competed in 20 NHL seasons. A shortened, injury free and successful season may convince Flash to come back as well.

There are scenarios that could keep Saku Koivu a Duck beyond this year. Much depends on what Teemu does, if Getz and Pears stay or go and whether or not Nick Bonino and Peter Holland move past him on the depth chart.

Toni Lydman is also UFA but a decision on him will wait until we get a look at Hampus Lindholm as an injury call-up.

One certainty is our Ducks $15M in cap space will make roster moves easily facilitated.

Ever heard the old saying if your word is no good, you’re no good?

Consider that two summers ago Bob Murray broke his word to Bobby Ryan and his agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports. At the time I posted that this would come back to haunt Bob Murray and more importantly our Ducks. Today, the OCR has the first public notice of the cost of Murray’s lies. Justin Schultz is represented by Newport Sports.
As we all know, Schultz doesn’t want to play here and now we learn Bobby Ryan has asked for a trade.
Newport’s other Ducks’ client, Corey Perry.

No NHL GM can succeed without at the least the respect of player agents and the NHLPA. You earn respect by being trustworthy and credible. People have to be to rely on your word. Maybe this idea is just too simple for a reputed genius like Henry Samueli to appreciate or maybe he just condones it.

Poor Hampus Lindholm on the day he’s drafted into the NHL he’s already compared to Jake Gardiner, Justin Schultz, Matt Dumba, Derek Pouliot, Filip Forsberg Jacob Trouba and Mikhail Grigorenko. Unless he proves to be the best among that group, he’s a bust.