Not too surprised that Schultz decided to sign in Edmonton.
1.) Money was not an issue (for now). Regardless of if he does well in Edmonton he will still be looking at a very large payday in a couple of years time. If he craps the bed there, it can be explained away as being on a "crappy" team. If he plays poorly in Vancouver it could hurt his future negotiations.
2.) Edmonton likely guaranteed him top-4 (maybe even top-2) ice time, and since they have a bit of weakness in that area I suspect that Schultz felt he could believe their assertions. I'm assuming the Canucks did not make any such guarantees even though there was a pretty good chance that he might well be able to fill such a role here.
In any event, doing top-4 minutes in Edmonton gives him a pretty good chance to pad his offensive numbers. Yes, he'd be able to put up pretty good numbers in Vancouver as well, so I see this as being a bit of a draw.
3.) Having Gretzky and Coffey come by was a smart move on Edmonton's part. They would help Tambellini enhance any vision of re-creating the glory days where Schultz would get to play Paul Coffey.
4.) He likely won't see a lot of playoff hockey in the next few years. This being said, if he does stay in Edmonton and Tambellini manages to keep that team together (ie. not lose anyone due to cap issues), then Schultz could be looking at a playoff window (with a good chance of getting a Cup) of perhaps a decade. The Canucks have maybe half that time left before the current core has left or are well past their prime.
I'm not so upset that he didn't choose here. His offensive upside would be good to have. This being said, I had concerns over his lack of size and strength. One of the largest issues which needed to be addressed regarding the Canucks' defense was that they need to get bigger which will facilitate clearing the front of the net. Nobody gets that in Schultz.
Edited by Gollumpus, 30 June 2012 - 05:30 PM.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.