Oilers GM MacTavish gave Nick Schultz heads up before trade to Blue Jackets

Nick Schultz speaks about his trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Columbus Blue Jackets after an...

Nick Schultz speaks about his trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Columbus Blue Jackets after an Oilers practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton, March 5, 2014. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

Derek Van Diest, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

EDMONTON - Nick Schultz was packed and ready to go even before the trade was announced.

As an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, the Edmonton Oilers defenceman was informed he would be on his way out prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline.

In the couple of hours leading towards the deadline, Schultz was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth-round draft pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft.

“MacT (Oilers GM Craig MacTavish) talked to me after the break and said he was getting some calls on me and said he was going to move me ,” Schultz said. “He wanted to get me into a situation that was good for me. He wanted to keep me in the loop. I knew ahead of time and he kind of figured it would come down to deadline time for that to happen.”

Schultz had been acquired by the Oilers at the trade deadline two years ago from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenceman Tom Gilbert.


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