Nick Schultz is the final defenseman for RE this summer, and that’s probably the right spot. My estimate has him playing for the Oilers just past the halfway point in the season, and I believe he’ll be a deadline (or sooner) asset moved along. The Oilers are without their 2014 2nd rd (Perron) and 2014 4th rd (Mike Brown) picks, and Schultz is very likely heading out of town in an effort to retrieve one of them.
RE 13-14: 35, 1-4-5
- So, end of the line? Yeah, suspect this could be quick.
- Why? There’s no room. The Oilers have Smid and Ference on long term deals for good money, and Petry will get paid starting next summer. The organization has acquired some possible options for his role this summer (Grebeshkov, Belov, Larsen) who will cost many fewer dollars, and of course have men like Oscar Klefbom and David Musil who are pushing from the bottom. This is a fairly deep defensive system now.
- It never worked out for him here. No, it wasn’t a good fit. I think Steve Tambellini made a lot of moves like this though, it was kind of his style. He was King Midas in reverse, his time as GM was wooden. I don’t honestly recall a trade he made that was wildly successful for the team. Part of that was the rebuild, but hell man Tom Gilbert had value the night they sent him away.
- What was his first move? Elevated Rick Olczyk to Asst GM and Legal Affairs.
- What was his last move? Dealt for Jarred Smithson two months late.
- What move best exemplifies Tambellini’s time in Edmonton? The deal that saw Justin Williams land in Los Angeles, Erik Cole return to Carolina and Edmonton acquire Patrick O’Sullivan. I think that one sums it up.
- Anything else we should remember from the Tambo era? A couple of good contracts–Taylor Hall, especially–and the timeframe that began with MacT’s firing (April 15, 2009) and ended with Tambellini’s firing (April 15, 2013) were the most difficult years in franchise history. Just awful. 15 years I’ll never get back.
- How does a guy like Tambellini end up as GM? Well, I think there were some warning signs. He didn’t get the asst GM job in Vancouver for about 20 years, so this was a long, slow process. He was hired about 1990, got the AGM job in 2008.
- Back to Nick Schultz. What’s his value? A second or a third at the deadline.
- That’s a lot. No, not really. NHL teams will gladly give up a pick in the 80′s in exchange for a good night’s sleep during the playoffs. Buffalo lost all of their defensemen in 2006 spring during the post-season, cost them a trip to the finals.
- Yeah, Carolina harpooned their blueline. Well, it’s all over now. Sigh.
- Why wouldn’t a team deal for Schultz now? Salary cap, he’s making too much. Better to wait, make sure your team is in the running and make sure Schultz is healthy.
- His Corsi Rel looks good. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with him aside from the miles and his birth certificate.
- Why did Minny move him? WHY? They were getting a better player with a wide range of skills. You make that trade 10 times out of 10, and if you don’t they come down the hallway with a jack hammer.
- What are his positives? Good speed, gritty, he has an idea about where to be on the ice and the number one rule of defense (and real estate): location, location, location. Schultz has been on losing teams for awhile now, suspect many teams think he’s Jean-Guy Talbot 1968 spring. Now, much of that has to do with the quality of the team (stay-at-home types only have defense to show for their efforts. when it’s wanting, it is difficult to prove value). I’m not convinced he’s worth the money being paid, bet NHL GMs feel the same way. One never knows, however. Talbot played through 1971 spring.
- You’ve been a sorta dink about him,with that dog whistle stuff. You’re an ass. Yes well, it’s difficult to get through these long seasons so humor becomes a crutch.
- Why this song? I could have chosen any number of songs about death, chose this one because it’s a lovely ballad.
- This is NOT about death! Yeah, yeah it is. It’s about an overdose. Bowie cleaned up the Iggy Pop intro and it makes a dandy radio song, but yeah it’s about death. I think the end of the line for Shultz in Edmonton could mean a re-birth elsewhere, but I’m far more positive about the Oilers 2014-2020 than his future.
- What team will acquire him? Hmmm. A team like Vancouver, or Chicago? Something like that.
- So he has value? I’ve watched NHL hockey since the 1960′s, defensemen always have value. It’s a tough damn position and all of them get hurt when it’s not convenient.
- Will you miss him? I’m not trying to be funny here, but chances are I won’t remember him.
- Who will any of us remember from the last 5 years? Steve Tambellini.
Nick Schultz Vollman Sledgehammer 2012-13
Nick Schultz 11-12
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.23 overall
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.01 overall
- Offensive Zone Start: 41.0 toughest among Minnesota regulars over 40 games
- CorsiRel: -8.7 in Minny, worst on the team among regulars over 35GP
- Qual Comp: 5th toughest in Minny, although the 3-5 D appeared quite close
- Boxcars: 82, 1-6-7
- Plus Minus: -12
Nick Schultz 12-13
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.73 (3rd among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Qual Comp: 4th toughest among regular D
- Qual Team: 3rd best among regular D
- CorsiRel: 4.3 2nd best among regular D (-8.53 CorsiON)
- Offensive Zone Start: 48.1 2nd easiest among regular D
- Offensive Zone Finish: 49.5 3rd best among regular D
- Boxcars: 48, 1-8-9
- Plus Minus: -13 on a team that was -15