Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 6/28/12

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 22: Jim Nill (L) and Ken Holland (R) of the Detroit Red Wings share a laugh during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on June 22, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/NHLI)
According to The Detroit News, soon-to-be Free Agent Justin Schultz will NOT be coming to Detroit to play for the Red Wings.

Many fans were getting excited about this 21 year old defensemen from the University of Wisconsin...but apparently, he has no interest in joining the greatest franchise in all of sports.

There's about 5 or 6 General Managers reportedly trying to woo Schultz to their team - Ken Holland was one of them.  How can you say 'no' to Ken Holland?  He made it public that they'd garuntee him a roster spot...

Make the jump for more.

"I was told we are not on his list of teams.  We expressed our interest to his agent. They went over all the information today (Wednesday)." --Ken Holland

It's obviously not about the money - Schultz is only eligible for a two-year deal for an entry-level deal ($925,000 base salary, including $92,500 signing bonus, plus $2.85 million in performance bonuses for a $3.77 million cap hit).  According to Kenny, everyone's offer is exactly the same.



Schultz is most likely looking to get into the top four on some team.  But why?  He hasn't established himself in the NHL yet.  This would be like Brendan Smith going out there and demanding big-time minutes (don't you get any ideas, Brendan).  Schultz would get his salary (which is ample) and a chance to climb the ranks of a perennial Cup contender.

Pass.

I guess we shouldn't be all that surprised - if he's willing to walk away from the Ducks, then he must be looking for something very particular.  It's not like Anaheim's defense is any better than Detroit's...

Oh well - Schultz isn't the guy that we're really after anyway.  It's one less distraction for Ken Holland to go out and get Parise and Suter.  I wasn't all that impressed with Schultz's highlight video, anyway.
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