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Edmonton Oilers sign Justin Schultz to one-year deal

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz celebrate a goal against the San Jose Sharks at Rexall...

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz celebrate a goal against the San Jose Sharks at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Jan. 29, 2014. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

Derek Van Diest, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

EDMONTON - Since choosing the Edmonton Oilers in a highly-publicized bidding war two years ago, defenceman Justin Schultz has been a part of the team’s long-term plans.

The value of his contribution to those plans, however, became a sticking point during contract negotiations this summer.

The Oilers weren’t ready to commit the amount of dollars to Schultz that they did to Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. So the two sides decided to roll the dice and settle on a one-year bridge contract worth $3.675-million, instead.

“From our standpoint, as an organization, it was a good compromise for Justin,” said Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish. “Justin gave us one of the best moments for a franchise in the last number of years when he chose Edmonton. It really highlighted the potential in the group that we had and him being very much a key part of that core group.

“I think the one thing through the course of the negotiation that we all agreed on, was the untapped potential and the incredible potential of the player.”


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