Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz wants to be traded
Defenseman requests a fresh start elsewhere
Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz has requested a trade, according to his agent, Jarrett Bousquet.
Frustrated by a lack of playing time for the second year in a row and limited communication from two separate Washington coaching staffs — former coach Dale Hunter and current coach Adam Oates — Schultz wants a fresh start elsewhere.
The trade request was initially made in mid-March, according to Bousquet. Schultz was hoping to be moved by the April 3 trade deadline, but that didn’t happen.
“Jeff would love to be there. He loves his teammates and the Capitals have been good to him over the years when they drafted him,” Bousquet said. “It’s just that now it’s to the point where playing in the National Hockey League takes precedence over not playing for [the Caps]. We feel for Jeff, if he’s not going to be utilized in Washington, that there are other teams that can utilize his talents elsewhere.”