In the end, the Wisconsin connection just wasn’t enough.
New York made it to the final six in the Justin Schultz sweepstakes, but in the end the 21-year-old Badgers defenseman chose to play elsewhere. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Schultz won’t be joining the Rangers, meaning he’ll end up with Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, or Edmonton.
The Rangers made a presentation to Schultz in Toronto on Thursday, for which former Badger Ryan McDonagh was present along with Coach John Tortorella, who likely attempted to point out the team’s recent track record with college stars.
However, all week it was rumored that Schultz preferred to play closer to his Kelowna home in Western Canada.
The allure of joining former teammates McDonagh and Derek Stepan carried the Rangers deep into the process, but Schultz simply had other priorities.
There’s no one to blame here. GM Glen Sather did all he could to bring Schultz on board, but he didn’t have the ability to outbid other teams financially, so Sch...