It appears the Detroit Red Wings are out of the Justin Schultz sweepstakes. The free-agent defenseman can officially sign with a team starting on Sunday, and he has spent the last two days meeting with his agents in Toronto. With the meetings complete, Schultz has put together a list of preferred designations, and as Ansar Khan reports, the Red Wings aren't on it.
Red Wings informed today that they are not on Justin Schultz's list of desired destinations, Ken Holland tells M-Live.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 28, 2012
According to Bob McKenzie, Schultz has drawn interest from 26 teams, meaning almost the entire NHL is interested in signing him. Schultz waded through the long list and is now believed to have a final list of teams that he wants to sign with. He will likely meet with these teams in the coming days before coming to a decision on where he will sign.
The thinking is the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are the favorites to land Schultz. Unfortunately for the Red Wings, he is likely going to take his talents somewhere north of the border.