The Flyers have had to remain as economical as ever in free agency in the 24+ hours since the annual NHL shopping spree commenced at noon on Tuesday. Early Wednesday evening, the team announced the signing of defenseman Nick Schultz to a one-year deal.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 2, 2014
General manager Ron Hextall explained throughout the offseason his desire to acquire a rotational defenseman to support what is already one of the more expensive blue lines in the NHL. With Schultz, 31, Philadelphia gets an experienced, albeit unspectacular option should any of their top six go down or they decide to field a defense-heavy lineup. Schultz has spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Wild, but has since had stints with the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Schultz is a durable option who, despite not bringing much on the offensive end, plays his position well and can eat up ice time when needed. Schultz won’t sell any extra tickets or provide much flash to the offense, but given the team’s salary cap situation the move is a fair one. (UPDATED TERMS)
Flyers sign D-man Nick Schultz to one-year deal worth $1.25 M
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 2, 2014
McGinn showed flashes of promise in several stints in the lineup, but never demonstrated the type of consistency to crack a spot along the top-nine. He probably would not have had much of an opportunity beyond this year, as the team’s forward group seems pretty well-set. To get a 3rd round pick for the little-used winger, the team should be happy with the value for someone who did not fit in their future plans.