Hextall: No need for sweeping changes to Flyers

This was Ron Hextall’s first summer offseason as the new Flyers general manager, after assuming the job from Paul Holmgren, now club president, last spring. sat down with Hextall recently to discuss the state of the franchise going into the 2014-15 season. This is the first of a four-part interview with Hextall: When you tally up the additions and subtractions...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Philadelphia Flyers

Last year: 42-30-10, third in the division. Lost to the Rangers in the first round Key additions:  R.J. Umberger, Nick Schultz Key subtractions: Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall (likely) Franchise direction: I didn’t quite know what to think when Ron Hextall replaced Paul Holmgren, but so far the new general manager has demonstrated restraint uncharacteristic of […] The post Checking...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers sign defenseman Nick Schultz

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb unrestricted free agent defenseman Nick Schultz to a one-year contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Schultz, 31 (8/25/1982), comes to the Flyers with 880 games of NHL experience with Minnesota, Edmonton and Columbus. He split the 2013-14 season between the Oilers and Blue Jackets, posting five assists and 28 PIM in...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackets deal Nikitin for fifth-round pick

The Blue Jackets have sent defenseman Nikita Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, the team announced Wednesday. It's a reacquisition of the pick the Jackets traded to Edmonton in exchange for defenseman Nick Schultz in March. The 28-year-old Nikitin had two goals and 13 assists in 66 games with Columbus last season. Nikitin had been...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets expecting push from 'desperate' Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Ahead of Game 5 tonight at Consol Energy Center, the Blue Jackets are expecting to see some pushback as the Penguins look to assert themselves in their barn. Columbus is relaxed, yet focused, as they get set to face a desperate team in Pittsburgh. "It's a 2-2 series," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards, "and this game is the next most important...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wednesday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, - It is believed the six teams to which Kesler would accept a deal at the deadline were Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Only two -- the Ducks and Penguins -- were really in it, though. - Heard a couple times now that Edmonton took a long look at Buffalo's Tyler Myers. That's getting shot down. Think the...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Deadline acquisition Schultz hoping to help Blue Jackets extend season

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...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets' resiliency can give them upper hand in playoff push

Resiliency is the hallmark of a maturing team. When the season began back on Oct. 4, 2013, Columbus was the youngest team in the league. With an average age of 26.3, the Blue Jackets, on opening night, looked to pick up right where they left off last year. Alas, they embarked on a rollercoaster ride through the first few months of the new season, dropping four in a row followed by...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Enemy: Predators vs Blue Jackets Preview … Saturday night the Nashville Predators (26-27-10) will welcome former division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets (32-26-5) in an attempt to end their current three game losing streak.    Columbus comes in trailing Detroit by just 2 points for the...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers' GM eyes draft and beyond

Unlike when he first moved into the general manager's chair, Craig MacTavish didn't over-promise and under-deliver when it came to this year's NHL trade deadline. There was nothing bold to behold. The Edmonton Oilers aren't necessarily a better hockey team after the deadline dealing. But the moves MacTavish made sets them up to become a better team at the draft...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wild make the right moves

The Wild were active around the trade deadline for the second year in a row. The third year, actually, if you include the Nick Schultz trade two years ago. The Wild, curiously, made both of their deadline deals with the same two teams they dealt with in the previous two deadlines. Trade number one was a simple swap of a 4th round pick to the Oilers (whom they traded Schultz to) for...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackets go for fourth straight win in matchup with Blackhawks

The Columbus Blue Jackets elected to bolster their hobbled blue line on deadline day, and in a separate deal traded away a top forward they acquired this time last season in a push for more offense. They'll put their new plan in play and go for a fourth straight win Thursday night in Chicago, where the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks remained relatively quiet as they...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Adds Schultz from Edmonton by   Jack Weber

No, not the good Schultz. 31-year-old, left-handed shooting defenseman Nick Schultz is heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets from the Edmonton Oilers. The 12-year NHL veteran has four assists in 60 games this year, but will be expected to add a steady, veteran presence to the Columbus blue line. Schultz, who stands at 6’1″, 200 lbs, will be an unrestricted [...]
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Schultz To Columbus

Nick Schultz to CBJ for a 3rd round pick. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 5, 2014
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hype-O-Rama 2014: The Final Hour

Nick Schultz to Columbus. Tim Thomas to Dallas.
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Available Oilers

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Easy to figure out what names are available in Edmonton, most of them are pending unrestricted free agents, led by winger Ales Hemsky, who I hear is getting decent traction on the market. It’s a guarantee he gets dealt before Wednesday. He’s a nice Plan B for those teams that strike out on Thomas Vanek or Matt Moulson. Hemsky can still play...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Rumors: Clearance sale on veterans

To say the Oilers have been disappointing this season, given where they have picked in the entry draft for the last decade, would be understating things. As the trade deadline approaches, the plan is obvious, sell, sell, sell.The Oilers have a group if veteran players, the majority of whom are pending unrestricted free agents. The more prominent of the group are Ryan Smith, Ryan...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Potential Trade Targets: B’s Likely To Look For Defensive Depth

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is in his busy season now. The Boston GM will likely be looking to add to his team before the upcoming March 5 trade deadline. He’s gone on record saying that he’d like to add defensive depth, but adding that or any other piece won’t be an easy task. The trade market is seemingly more limited than it is in most years, which means...
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Nick Schultz Being Showcased?

Usually when a NHL team wants to trade a player, they will showcase him. Move him up in the lineup, give him more starts if he’s a goalie, stuff like that. Well, Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal has a strange idea when it comes to showcasing defenseman Nick Schultz. Willis believes that if the Oilers want to trade Schultz, they should keep him lower in the lineup, specifically...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Trade Deadline Decisions Shaun Maddex Oilers Writer Last nights game was a victory, sort of. Bryzgalov stopped 42 of 44 shots and the Oilers were once again outplayed by my eye. This is becoming a pattern. Get outplayed, have the goalie bail you out, and somehow squeak out a victory. This is not a recipe for success, and the Oilers need to find a way to earn their victories, because relying...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

D-men trade target 'pickings are slim'

It’s only natural at this time of year that rumors and whispers kick up about potential trade scenarios. That's exactly what happened when Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and team president Kevin Lowe showed up to take in the Bruins-Flyers Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday. The Oil have officially hit rock bottom after losing their sixth game in a row...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

D-men trade target 'pickings are slim'

It’s only natural at this time of year that rumors and whispers kick up about potential trade scenarios. That's exactly what happened when Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and team president Kevin Lowe showed up to take in the Bruins-Flyers Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday. The Oil have officially hit rock bottom after losing their sixth game in a row...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Still Looking For Stay-At-Home Dman

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, It would seem that Edmonton's 31-year-old Nick Schultz most closely fits the profile of what Boston is looking for: a veteran, stay-at-home, left-shooting defenseman that blocks a lot of shots. Schultz leads the Oilers with 90 blocked shots in 50 games, but has only three assists and a minus-17 while averaging 16:53 of ice time for the sad sack...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Schultz still growing into Edmonton Oilers blue-line role

At this stage, 65 games into his NHL career, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz is no Erik Karlsson or P.K. Subban — he’s not yet the young swashbuckling blueliner the Ottawa Senators or the Montreal Canadiens enjoy in those two, respectively. Oilers fans have hoped for that from Schultz, whom the Oilers signed as a prized free agent in the summer of 2012, but he’s...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers name alternate captains

The Edmonton Oilers have named six alternate captains two days after naming Andrew Ference to the top job. The alternates are: Jordan Eberle Sam Gagner Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Nick Schultz Ryan Smyth
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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