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Schultz Declines Q.O.; Fehr Accepts (Updated)

Jeff Schultz has declined his qualifying offer. The defenseman will remain a restricted free agent, but the team's one-year tender (which included a 5 percent raise) is now off the table.

It's a curious strategy for Schultz. Perhaps the 23-year-old thinks he can negotiate a multi-year deal; perhaps he hopes to get an offer sheet from another team. But I'm not so sure his stock is as high as it once was in the eyes of the Caps, and things don't usually turn out so well for players who decline their Q.O.'s. Just ask Jakub Klepis and Tomas Fleischmann how it worked out for them.

Meanwhile, Eric Fehr has accepted his qualifying offer. He will earn $771,750 next season. It's a two-way deal, but he's waiver eligible.

Prospect Kyle Wilson also accepted his Q.O.

Update: TSN.ca is reporting that Schultz has accepted his Q.O. But the team is maintaining that he has not.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 15, 2009; 6:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

well I spoke too soon.. LOL we'll see if he gets any offers

Posted by: joek443 | July 15, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the "no room for Carlson" problem might have just been solved.

Dear GMGM - let him go.

Posted by: ModestProposal | July 15, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

TSN is saying otherwise:
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=284769
"CAPITALS SIGN RESTRICTED FREE AGENT SCHULTZ TO QUALIFYING OFFER"

Posted by: thomas20 | July 15, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

conflicting reports from TSN

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=284769

Posted by: samb99 | July 15, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... OK let's see. Do I believe TEB who works for the Washington Post? or do I believe some annonymous schmuck at TSN which is owned by ESPN?

I'll vote TEB.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 15, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Tarik

Could you please explain the lapsed QO and how that works?

If the offer is off the table, could another team pick him up? Would they have to give us a draft pick?

Posted by: Greg S. | July 15, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Repost:

Also, this was just posted on the caps website. It does not mention Schultz

http://capitals.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=442811

Posted by: pkendrick | July 15, 2009 6:27 PM |
++++++

Thanks for the link.

Posted by: pstenigma | July 15, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

He never learned to use his size to be a good D man. His upper body injury (aka - most embarrassing moment) at the hands of Dubinsky in the playoffs, was horrible. The fact that he received a 5% raise is amazing in itself and he should've pounced on it.

Posted by: ovys8 | July 15, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

where's Giroux?!?! we can't let that guy go!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | July 15, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I bet the TSN hack writer meant Eric Fehr but probably confused him and Schultz

Posted by: O-V-P | July 15, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

So TSN says Schultz accepted and the Caps say that he did not ... I wonder if he delivered his acceptance by way of the Hawks?

Posted by: Boo- | July 15, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

thats a pretty good price to get fehr at.

Posted by: _stevo | July 15, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

where's Giroux?!?! we can't let that guy go!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | July 15, 2009 7:01 PM

I've read (can't find it now) that Giroux is looking for a one-way deal. He must not fit into the Caps plans as they didn't give himn a QO. Considering he scored the most combined goals in AHL history (75 - reg. season + playoffs), it's kinda curious that no other team has given him an offer either. It'd be nice to see what he could do with a full season in the NHL instead of just the occasional cup of coffee.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | July 15, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

A couple of observations about the schedule:

1) We have almost an entire month off between home games during the Olympic break.

2) 9 home games in January and 8 in March. Wow!

3) In early/mid March there are 5 home games in 8 days!!! (I may have to get a room in DC that week.) There are 8 days in January that are almost as bad.

4) I will miss the New Year's Day and Thanksgiving weekend games. I would rather have those than the day before Thanksgiving and 12/23 (which we do have ... those are such hectic days!). FWIW, we also have 12/26 at home.

5) I am bummed that we are not opening at home, but at least we are closing here. (I think those are two of the best games of the season.) Ironically both are against Boston.

I'm not complaining, I will take hockey any way I can get it. I'm just making observations and am happy that the season will be here soon enough!

Posted by: Boo- | July 15, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Giroux is an unrestricted free agent, so he was in line for a qualifying offer anyway. He deserves a one way deal to see what he can do, love to get him signed and throw him with Semin and Morrison and then you have 3 scoring lines with Laich, Flash, and Fehr 3 and your checking gaggle of Gordon, Steckel, Bradley, Bourque, and a myriad of others. If Giroux doesn't come back, then Aucoin or Bourque could get looks at 2nd line wing(Bourque) and 3rd line center with Laich playing wing on line 2 (Aucoin)

Posted by: BBDwrestling | July 15, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Stats can lie, but frequently it's the only way to measure many aspects of sports. Noone can forecast how good a player will be in the future but, for the sake of argument, here's Zdeno Chara's stat line for the season he turned 23:

1999-00 Islanders

Games played: 65
Goals: 2
Assists: 9
Pts: 11
Plus/minus: -27
PIM: 57
Avg. Time on Ice: 22:52

Chara's numbers for the following season are very similar (though his PIMs went way up).

Here's Jeff Schultz's stats for the season he turned 23:

2008-09 Capitals

Games Played: 64
Goals: 1
Assists: 11
Pts: 12
Plus/minus: 13
PIM: 21
Avg. Time on Ice: 19:46

Now, I'm not willing to go out on a limb and say that Schultz will someday be as good as Chara. But, as many have pointed out in analyzing the development of defenders, it can and does take longer for many 'D' men to realize their full potential. The snarl that many would like to see in Schultz may never materialize, but I'd be happy with a solid positional defender who uses his size to his advantage. You think Isles (and Sens) fans don't miss Chara now? I hope the same doesn't happen with the Caps/Schultz.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | July 15, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

MetalCapsFan, you make a good point.

Guys big as Schultz often take longer to reach their full potential. He might turn out to be a bust but it's still way too early to give up on him. There aren't that many 6'6 guys in the NHL who can skate. All he needs to learn is use his size to his advantage and learn not to play out of position.. don't get caught playing the puck, just make them go around you.

Posted by: joek443 | July 15, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"He never learned to use his size to be a good D man. His upper body injury (aka - most embarrassing moment) at the hands of Dubinsky in the playoffs, was horrible."

I'm gonna have to disagree - I think Schultz uses his size very well. His advantage is in his height, not his bulk, and he uses his wingspan to clog passing lanes and pokecheck the puck very effectively.

And his upper body injury (a broken rib) occurred before the game against the Rangers and make it physically impossible for him to turn the way he needed to to make that play.

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | July 15, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Now, I'm not willing to go out on a limb and say that Schultz will someday be as good as Chara. But, as many have pointed out in analyzing the development of defenders, it can and does take longer for many 'D' men to realize their full potential. The snarl that many would like to see in Schultz may never materialize, but I'd be happy with a solid positional defender who uses his size to his advantage. You think Isles (and Sens) fans don't miss Chara now? I hope the same doesn't happen with the Caps/Schultz.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | July 15, 2009 7:54 PM |

Good points MetalCapsfan. The only caveate was that Chara was allowed time to develop because they had no1 else to impede him.
We have a couple of guys Carlson & Alzner who have more talent & a bigger upside than Schultz & can play now.
In a no salary cap era I could understand waiting for Schultz but not now. We need results right away. The odds that either Carlson or Alzner will be a top 4 d-man is greater than Schultz being 1.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 16, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Any comparison between Chara and Schultz is insane. Chara may not be the most fluid skater but he's always had decent foot-speed [plus is strong as an ox and mean as a snake; JS is neither]; Schultz can't get out of his own way against even some 3rd line forwards - plus he's not even physical!

Height is the single most overrated physical characteristic in hockey - tall dudes almost have to prove they can't play. Schultz will never be a top-6 d-man on an SC-contending team; he gets exposed way too easily.

GMGM's faith in Schultz [among other very overrated d-men who happen to be Canadien] raises serious, IMO.

Posted by: govtimbo | July 16, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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