NHL Notes: Caps GM McPhee says Schultz asked for trade

NHL Notes: Caps GM McPhee says Schultz asked for trade
June 1, 2013, 4:45 pm

Defenseman Jeff Schultz, who recently asked to be traded out of Washington, is ready for a change of scenery.

And it appears Capitals general manager George McPhee is willing to accommodate Schultz's request.

According to Ben Raby of CSN Washington, McPhee confirmed that Schultz did in fact ask to be traded and that the Capitals are OK with moving the 27-year-old.

“He did ask for a trade,” McPhee said. “As we’ve told every player, if you ever want to be traded or you’re not happy then let us know and we’ll trade you. So we started working on it and we’ll see what develops.”

Schultz has spent his entire career with the Capitals' organization and has appeared in 399 games for Washington. His plus-78 rating is fifth-best among Capitals all-time.

However, Schultz has slipped down the depth chart the past few seasons and appeared in just 26 games last season. He was a healthy scratch for all but two games during the Capitals' 15-2-2 run to end the regular season.

Schultz is entering the final year of a four-year, $14 million deal that he signed in July 2010. He carries a $2.75 million cap hit into next season and could be a potential buyout victim if the Caps are unable to trade him.

Maple Leafs: Stars get permission to speak with Eakins
Add the Dallas Stars to the list of teams interested in Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, via ProHockeyTalk, the Stars have received permission to speak with Eakins about their opening behind the bench.

Eakins, the Maple Leafs' minor league coach, has drawn interest from several teams, including the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.

The former NHL defenseman has coached the AHL Marlies for the past four seasons. He has compiled a record of 157-114-41 during his time with the club.

The Stars relieved head coach Glen Gulutzan of his duties on May 14.

Red Wings: Flippula leaving Detroit?
Valtteri Filppula is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but will he return to Detroit?

“I don’t know, it’s too early to say right now,” Filppula told The Detroit News. “It’s been the only team I’ve played with. There’s nothing but positive things to say (about the organization), and it’s a great place to be.

“We’ll see what happens this summer. I haven’t thought too much about it. Possibly it (leaving the Red Wings) could happen. It would be tough.”

The 29-year-old joined the Red Wings' organization in 2005-06 and is in the final year of a five-year, $15 million deal.

Filppula enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2011-12 with Detroit, when he scored a career-high 23 goals and 66 points.

The forward struggled coming out of the lockout this season. He finished the shortened-campaign with nine goals and just 17 points in 41 games for the Red Wings.

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