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Rangers Miss Out On Free Agent Defenseman Justin Schultz

Schultz Headed To The Edmonton Oilers
Justin Schultz poses for a head-shot during the 2008 NHL Combine at the Westin Bristol Place on May 30, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images for the NHL)

Justin Schultz poses for a head-shot during the 2008 NHL Combine at the Westin Bristol Place on May 30, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images for the NHL)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Rangers are still looking to fill out their blue-line after free agent defenseman after the Edmonton Oilers won ‘The Justin Schultz sweepstakes.’

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet Canada reported on Saturday that the Oilers have agreed to a two-year contract with Schultz.  The full terms of the deal are yet to be announced.

Schultz was previously drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, but de-registered from the University of Wisconsin to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Rangers felt they had the edge as Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh were teammates with Schultz at Wisconsin.   New York was among many teams who unsuccessfully chased after Schultz.  He turned down interest from the Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Oilers’ legends Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey helped successfully pitch the attraction of joining the young Oilers to Schultz.

He’ll be joining a talented young group in Edmonton that includes number one overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

How big of a blow is this to the Rangers’ off-season plans?  Let us know…