While the rest of the league awaits the opening of free agency tomorrow at noon, the Sens find themselves in pursuit of one of the most sought after players on the market.
The Ottawa Senators have been courting NCAA free agent Justin Schultz and today it sounds as though they may in fact be one of the finalists. The Edmonton Oilers are the other team believed to be in the thick of things.
Yesterday we learned that the Ottawa Senators are one of at least six teams that have found their way onto a short list to land highly touted free agent Justin Schultz.
The Sens organization will have their chance to make their official pitch today in Toronto. It is believed that Ottawa is among the last teams that will speak with the defenceman before he makes his decision. Schultz can't officially sign until July 1.
Some good news for Sens fans to start the day as Justin Schultz has narrowed down his list of teams and the list includes the Ottawa Senators.
As many as 26 teams have shown interest in the college star but the Senators have been selected as one of the final teams that are now expected to make a pitch to the highly touted free agent.
With all the excitement around Karlsson’s Norris win, the Rick Nash rumours and landing 67’s star Cody Ceci at the Draft, Sens fans have been able to numb out the impending doom that lingers on the league’s horizon.
The NHL and the NHLPA require a new CBA and the initial speculation from experts suggests that it will be anything but a straightforward process. The two sides are expected to begin formal negotiations in New York City on Friday.
After Tim Murray took to the air waves yesterday and declared an interest in defenceman Justin Schultz, fans are a buzz with the possibility of adding a 21 year old impact defenceman to the organization.
Murray explained that the Senators are one of what he believes is 3-5 teams with a real shot at landing the coveted free agent. There are obviously other teams that are going to be pushing hard to land Schultz but it’s a great sign that the Sens feel as though they are in the mix.
(UPDATE 3:49 PM)- Tim Murray was on the Team 12 00 and indicated that the Sens have already had a discussion with the camp representing UFA to be Justin Schultz. Murray stressed that the Sens can give him an opportunity to play right now and said he believe Ottawa is one of 3-5 teams with a legitimate shot at landing Schultz.
(UPDATE 12:32 PM)- With their final pick in the 7th round, 196th overall, the Senators selected Swedish defenceman Mikael Wikstrand. For a full list of Sens picks, go here.
(UPDATE 12:10 PM)- In the 6th round, at 166th overall, the Sens continued the local theme, selecting goalie and Gatineau native Francois Brassard.
(UPDATE 9:12 )- After a first round full of surprises, the Ottawa Senators have grabbed Ottawa 67s star Cody Ceci with the 15th overall selection . Bizarre sequence of events in the opening fourteen picks so you have to think Bryan Murray and his staff are thrilled with this selection.
(UPDATE 1:23 PM)- On to the second thread of the day as we surpass the 300 comment mark. Scott Howson spoke with the media at the draft and suggested that there is still a ways to go on any deal involving Rick Nash. Stress again the importance of not always taking the words of a GM on Draft Day at face value. So much posturing going on right now.