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June 29, 2012 | 10:48am ET
Schultz has shortlist, team start pitching

Highly-coveted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz has reportedly narrowed the list of teams that he will consider down to six clubs.

While it was first reported that the 21-year-old had chosen the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers as suitors, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie later revealed that the Minnesota Wild are now believed to have been added to the shortlist.

Twenty-six of the 30 NHL teams supposedly expressed interest in the young defenseman's services, and many believe that his home-province Vancouver Canucks are the team to beat.

The Oilers plan on using young forwards Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle as part of the pitch, while the New York Rangers will include Schultz's former teammates Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh as connections to acquire the talented blueliner.

The Maple Leafs could also do the same with former teammate Jake Gardiner.

Under the rules of the CBA, Schultz can be offered a two-year deal with a maximum salary cap of $3.8 million, with bonuses.

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