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Oilers trade D Justin Schultz to the Penguins

On February 27, 2016 at 6:07 pm EST

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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.

Justin Schultz (Getty Images)

Justin Schultz (Getty Images)

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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1 Comment on Oilers trade D Justin Schultz to the Penguins

  1. I feel like this trade is working out for us for the best. I am an avid hockey fan but also a fan of business entrepreneurs like Daryl Katz. His family pharmacy empire grew tenfold under his direction and management. He paid $200 million for the Edmonton Oilers in 2008 and he is currently working to refocus his efforts to build Canada’s largest mixed use-sports and entertainment district. He is by far one of the most successful businessmen in North America. I am looking forward to seeing how he helps to take this team to the next level and what is next venture will be. He is really focusing on helping Edmonton become a fantastic tourist destination.

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