This wasn't the first time for Nick Schultz, but it was different. The Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman, acquired at the trade deadline from Edmonton, has been through this once before in his career. It was just two years ago, when he was moved to the Oilers, from Minnesota.
"I think when I got traded from Minnesota to Edmonton it was a shock. I wasn't really expecting it," Schultz explained. "I had been in Minnesota for 10 years and wasn't really expecting that trade. This one, with the situation in Edmonton -- being out of the playoffs -- and being a UFA in the summer, I knew it was a strong possibility.
"And Edmonton had spoken to me about potentially getting traded to a team that was in a playoff situation," he continued. "I'm looking forward to playing meaningful games and hopefully being in a playoff spot at the end of the season."
For a couple of those seasons with the Wild, Schultz played for Todd Richards. So it's a reunion tour of sorts for him, and he agrees it makes this...