EDMONTON — Defenceman Justin Schultz has been traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Edmonton gets a third-round pick in the 2016 draft in return with media reports saying the Oilers would retain half of Schultz’s $3.9 million salary.
Schultz played 248 NHL games for Edmonton, with 28 goals and 73 assists, with a career minus-78 rating.
He was signed by the Oilers in June 2012 as an unrestricted free agent out of university.
Although Schultz had been drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, he had never come to terms with them on a contract, making him available to Edmonton to sign.
It’s the second trade the Oilers announced Saturday. Earlier in the day, the team traded goaltender Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Niklas Lundstrom and a 2016 fifth round draft pick.
The Oilers recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors.
The Oilers have had a top-10 pick in each of the past seven drafts, including four No. 1 overall selections. Edmonton seems destined for another spot in the draft with a 22-34-7 record, worst in the NHL heading into Saturday night’s games.
With files from Caley Ramsay, Global News.