By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Edmonton Oilers have made their second trade of the day. They’ve traded defenseman Justin Schultz to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In exchange for trading Schultz to the Penguins, the Oilers will receive a 2016 third-round draft pick.
Schultz was a healthy scratch on Thursday, along with Teddy Purcell, which the Oilers also received a third-round pick in a separate trade. It was a move to protect them from injury as the team were working on trades for the two players.
Purcell was traded to the Florida Panthers an hour earlier on Saturday. There’s been speculation about Schultz for months, as his playing time diminished.
He only had 10 points in 45 games. Yet, his on-ice shot totals and offensive production were the worst in years.
Schultz is making $3.9 million this season — and the Oilers are picking up half of the bill. The Penguins tried to get the Oilers to take back winger Sergei Plotnikov; however, they were not interested in doing so.
He came to the Oilers with expectations, especially since he declined a contract with the Anaheim Ducks in 2008 after being drafted with them. He only had two 30-point seasons with the Oilers.
Earlier today, the Oilers made a trade with the St. Louis Blues, as each team traded goaltenders.
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