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Tampa Bay Lightning was one of the teams in on the Justin Schultz bidding



The Tampa Bay Lightning apparently was one of the teams in on the bidding for collegiate defenseman Justin Schultz.

Schultz, out of the University of Wisconsin, was one of the year's most sought after free agents. Schultz heard presentations from seven teams and decided to sign with the Oilers. Given Schultz preferred to play with a Canadian team (though he also heard from the Rangers and Wild), that he gave time to the Lightning was a compliment to Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman.

Yzerman and Schultz's representatives from Newport Sports in Toronto did well keeping the Lightning's involvement under wraps. It is unclear if Tampa Bay made a presentation in person in Toronto or by phone.

As it is, Tampa Bay has six defensemen with one-way contracts. Keith Aulie has a two-way deal. That means the Lightning probably wants to acquire two defensemen during the summer, whether it be through free agency or trade.

In free agency, the Lightning likely will look at Ryan Suter (though that is a long shot), Jason Garrison, Bryan Allen, Carlo Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival  and Matt Carle. If the Blackhawks decide to trade Niklas Hjalmarsson, Tampa Bay likely will be in on that, too.

[Last modified: Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:20pm]


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