New York was one of six teams in the running for Schultz, who was declared a free agent on Monday after spending the last three years at the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2 Schultz was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, but his representation found a loophole in the soon to be expired CBA that allowed him to become a free agent because he spent an extra year in junior hockey.
The Rangers were the only American team considered by Schultz, who preferred to stay closer to home in Western Canada. Other teams trying to sign Schultz included the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Ottawa Senators. According to McKenzie, the Toronto Maple Leafs were also eliminated from consideration.