The Capitals Are About to Buy Out Jeff Schultz


According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, The Washington Capitals have put defenseman Jeff Schultz on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying him out. Though George McPhee said just two weeks ago that he is no fan of compliance buyouts, it appears that is exactly what is about to happen to Sarge.

Schultz fell out of favor with the Capitals this season, playing just 26 games of the shortened season and none in the playoffs.

[Insert mandatory reference to Schultz leading the NHL in plus/minus in 2009-10. Also insert compulsory explanation of how plus/minus is a garbage statistic.]

Schultz has one year remaining on his UFA contract, which carries a $2.75 M cap hit. That cash could go a long way for the cash-strapped Capitals towards re-upping Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson, and hopefully attaining another top-six forward or top-four defenseman as well.

We’ve already made our peace with Mr. Nasty. Farewell, sir.

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  • Jason W.

    It’s about time. What a bad contract that was.

  • Time to get a deal done with Karl.

    I wish some cash would go to the Wagon, but I doubt that will happen.

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  • Priscilla Villanueva

    God, that pose. 🙁

  • Boom Boom

    Make room for Hendy

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  • kemiisto

    I’m willing to donate. Where is PayPal button?

  • pixiestix

    please please can we use the cap space for Hendy?

  • Pat Magee

    Now i feel bad for him. Buyout means nobody wanted to trade for him…. 🙁

  • cathy

    Pay Hendy what he wants…Don’t let Hendy leave!!!!! 🙂

  • OlietheGoalie

    Just echoing that we should keep The Wagon. Yeah, his type of gritty play can be replaced, but how can we replace that goofy face and smile?!

    Also, his center-pass-to-himself-followed-by-a-goal then push-a-defenseman-while-doing-a-victory-dance will still be my favorite GIF ever by RMNB.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Meh. He got his paycheck.

  • Freedoooom

    LOL @ People wanting Hendricks back, he wants a lot more money and he is the most replaceable person in the lineup right now.

  • JasonRoseEh

    Another bad deal from GMGM, basing it on an artificial stat like +/-. Anyone with half a hockey brain could tell you that Schultz was the slowest player on the ice and nowhere near as physical as he needed to be to make up for it.