The Schultzstakes winner is…
As I said earlier this week.
How are you not picking the Canucks?
Wasn’t that the team you always dreamed of raising the cup with?
The hometown hero is one of the best career options in sport, you have to take it.
It was unclear all day who Justin Schultz was going to go with but one of the first teams ruled out were our Vancouver Canucks. “I said pardon?!”
Later on we found out it was the Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with Justin Schultz. More details to come.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 30, 2012
It appears the hometown Canucks were done in by two factors.
First, this is not a club that guarantees playing time to rookies. Just ask Cody Hodgson. If Schultz wasn’t good enough in training camp, it wasn’t in the Canucks interests to keep him on.
Remember this club is about team goals not individual goals.
Second, with the CBA set to expire all bonuses count against the cap this year. That means teams like Edmonton and Ottawa could offer the moon and fit him in the cap.
The Canucks couldn’t.
It was hoped that these factors would be negated by the possibility of raising the cup as a Vancouver Canuck, but it appears Schultz’s career goals differ. Strange considering the young lad is from BC, is huge Canucks fan, and his parents are Canucks season ticket holders.
(I’m still scratching my head)
What Now Gillis?
The Canucks will now most likely aggressively pursue re-signing Sami Salo now and may look at the other BC boy UFA defenceman Jason Garrison.
Garrisons will be considerably more expensive but also has NHL experience and a cannon shot that would be a boon to the powerplay.
The White Rock native has expressed interest in the Canucks, but in a free agent pool thin on the blueline, his services will be in high demand.
Meanwhile, Chris Tanev will get a shot to see if he can take the leap from top-six defenceman to top-four defenceman. Part of that will invilve providing more offence and going from looking omfortable to being a difference maker.
While the addition of Justin Schultz was very intriguing, the Canucks will be just fine without him.
As I said earlier this week The Canucks were simply his best shot to win the cup, all other factors aside.
He chose wrong.