ST. PAUL, Minn. In a move that had the Minnesota Wild locker room in shock, Minnesota traded longtime defenseman Nick Schultz to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, getting former Bloomington Jefferson high school star Tom Gilbert back in the deal.
The Wild traded Marek Zidlicky on Friday, beginning a series of potential deals. With Monday's trade deadline approaching, general manager Chuck Fletcher then traded Schultz, the longest tenured Minnesota pro sports athlete. Schultz, the Wild's second-round draft pick in the 2000 draft, is the team's all-time leader in games played and is seventh in team history with 102 assists.
"It's basically all I know is being here and playing here and being a part of this team," Schultz said. "It's going to be tough. It's going to be an adjustment for myself and my family, but it's something we're going to have to deal with."
Schultz practiced with the team on Monday and was told by Fletcher that he was traded after leaving the ice. The news then hit...