After yet another playoff failure, it will be interesting to see what the Washington Capitals do this summer. Do they shake things up or give Adam Oates another shot with a team that looks awfully similar to the one that he managed from behind the bench in his first year.
Regardless of what they choose to do, it’s clear that there are a couple players that are going to want out. One of those players has already made his feelings known, as defenseman Jeff Schultz has reportedly asked for a trade. Not that this would be too significant of a move for the Capitals blue line.
Schultz is apparently frustrated over a lack of playing time, which is his primary motivation for seeking a trade. Schultz played in less than 15 minutes per game in the 26 games that he appeared in for the Caps, which ranked 11th on the team among defensemen that saw time this year.
In those 26 games, he had only three points, all assists, along with a minus-6 rating. He’s only a couple of seasons removed from the best season of his career, though. He had 23 points in 2009-2010, with 20 assists, and an absolutely absurd plus-50 rating. He had only 16 points combined in the two seasons that followed.
Schultz has been deep on the Washington depth chart for quite some time. It’s pretty clear that his role has been diminished, a fact that is not lost on him. You could probably understand why he’d want a trade. He also reportedly asked for one prior to the trade deadline earlier this year.
With only one year remaining on his contract, a team could grab Schultz in a trade to get him on their second or third pairing. He has a cap hit of $2.75 million, though, so it will be interesting to see which team might try and make a run at him with the cap coming down.