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 teams long-term plans.

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

The Oilers werent 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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