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Insider Only Rumors: Penguins plan to put the ball in Justin Schultz’ court immediately on whether he’s a Penguin next season

Penguins don’t plan to get backed into a corner on the Justin Schultz situation

As Justin Schultz is two wins away from being a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, will he be a Penguin in 2017-2018?

It’s 50-50 at this point with some executives around the league believing the percentages are higher than 50% that Schultz is moved.

As reported the other day, other NHL clubs see Schultz as the Penguins top off-season priority and not Marc Andre Fleury.

Mainly from the standpoint that Pittsburgh seeks clarity before the frenzy starts.

The growing sense is the Penguins are prepared to make a long-term offer in the coming days after the season ends and there’s not going to be much of a negotiation from where their number is going to be, per sources close to the situation.

The Penguins will move fast to put the ball in Schultz court.

Teams that have spoken with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford have been led to believe Pittsburgh won’t risk things getting to arbitration and would sell high Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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