Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Closer Look at the Justin Schultz Trade

With Justin Schultz being traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2016, Pittsburgh will now have seven defenseman in their rotation.

The 25 year-old has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 45 games this season, and the Penguins think he could be a real asset to their team as they make their playoff push.

Schultz is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, so the Penguins will retain negotiating rights with the heavy-shot defenseman.  His offensive skill fits in with the changes the team has made under head coach Mike Sullivan, so if he fits in and helps the Penguins get to and advance through the playoffs this season, there's a decent chance he'll remain with the team long term.

Who knows what other deals might happen between now and 3 p.m. tomorrow, but it's unlikely that the Pens acquire another defenseman, without sending a current defenseman in a corresponding trade.  With Edmonton retaining half of Schultz's salary in this trade, they have a bit of wiggle room under the cap to make another deal, but not much.

According to, the Pens have just over $1 million in cap room available, which means that any player they acquire will most likely be a depth-type player, unless Pittsburgh is sending a player and their salary out in the trade.  

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