Should the Canucks pursue an experienced starting goalie? Does Nick Schultz have a future with the Blue Jackets?
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher reports some observers feel the current Canucks goalie tandem (Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom) is too inexperienced, believing the Canucks should shop for an experienced goalie via free agency like Jonas Hiller or Ryan Miller. Gallagher points out such a move would prevent the club from addressing their lack of scoring depth. He suggests if Lack and Markstrom struggle early in the season, there could still be some affordable veteran free agent goalies still available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The lack of scoring depth is of more concern for the Canucks. I agree with Gallagher that should be their priority. Of course, if they’re able to shed some salary by trading Ryan Kesler and/or Alex Edler plus buy out David Booth, there might be enough cap space freed up to add a veteran goalie if required. Still, I believe they’ll go with Lack and Markstrom to start the season and see how things go from there.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes it’ll be “one-and-done” for former Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He hasn’t cracked their top six and is a UFA this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schultz has been a healthy scratch for much of his short tenure this season with the Blue Jackets. He’s yet to get into a game in their series against the Penguins. He’ll become a UFA this summer, and the decline in his play could make it difficult for him to land with another NHL team.