Tampering going on with Schultz? Rangers offseason … Nash trade talks to begin soon

  • James O’Brien of Pro Hockey via Michael Russo Audio: Indications are that Ducks prospect Justin Schultz won’t be signing with the Ducks. Russo said that a Ducks may look into tampering charges and could go after a “team that already has gotten to Schultz.” Russo “guesses” that Schultz already knows who he’ll sign with and it could be the Maple Leafs. Schultz was drafted by Burke and played with Jake Gardiner.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers could have $20 million in summer cap space if the cap goes up to $76 million. Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi will be UFA after 2 more seasons. The Rangers will look for a defenseman to play with Marc Staal. If the Rangers were to add a Ryan Suter or scoring help in the likes of Rick Nash or Zach Parise, they would need to get rid of a big contract or two. They will look to re-sign Martin Biron and Brandon Prust.
  • Steve Zipay of Newsday : Zipay thinks the Rangers were missing offensive creativity and skill. Management knew they needed to add scoring at the trade deadline, which is why they offered a package of Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, JT Miller and other prospects and picks for Rick Nash. The Rangers have 8 UFAs: Martin Biron, Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko, John Mitchell, Stu Bickell, John Scott, Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka and 3 RFAs: Michael Del Zotto, Anton Stralman, Mats Zuccarello.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: A month of trade talks surrounding Rick Nash should begin this week, but don’t expect a final decision until late June or early July. Nash’s 5 team trade list may have now been expanded, though the Blue Jackets will move forward as if the list doesn’t exist. A deal could be done around the June 22nd draft. If he’s not traded at the draft, they may wait for the losers of the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise sweepstakes.

4 Comments

  1. hotwings

    May 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    i always suspected that the leafs did things like tampering.. with such a big and notable management cast of characters with many ties around the league, it all makes sense… you see tampering on a regular basis in every other business sector, so its no surprise… im sure the leafs brass know how to operate in the grey areas though, so, it would be interesting to see if the ducks complaints get proven…

  2. D

    May 29, 2012 at 1:11 am

    wouldnt surprise me. hopefully itll cost burke his job

  3. Dave

    May 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

    You guys are the epitome of hypocrisy, if anyone has the right to complain about tampering it’s the Maple Leafs. Stealing a former GM and lead guy in the draft for the Leafs BEFORE the draft with a “gentelman’s” agreement that he won’t influence the Habs draft? And you guys are complaining about this nonsense?

    Check the history between Schultz and Gardiner, it’s undeniable the relationship between the 2 and they’ve let it be known since College that they would love to play together. Numerous tweets etc before Gardiner even became a Leaf not to mention Schultz being a former Burke draft pick and trying his butt of for him instead of Gardiner in the Beauchemin deal. So much evidence to the contrary plus Schultz hasn’t even finished his 30 day trade window and yet people still want to make the Leafs guilty until proven innocent and kick them while they are down? Give it up, if any team needs a break its them.

  4. hotwings

    May 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

    they might have been friends since college, but who can really know whats going on now behind the scenes… im not saying they are guilty… just that it wouldnt surprise me that tampering goes on… interesting to speculate nevertheless…