The Penguins added that extra defenseman they coveted prior to Monday’s trade deadline.
The team acquired Justin Schultz from the Edmonton Oilers this afternoon for a third round draft pick, the team has confirmed. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Shultz, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, is a former college player at Wisconsin who was an Anaheim draft pick in 2008 but never signed with the club.
He has played 248 career NHL games, all with Edmonton, scoring 28 goals and assisting on 73.
General Manager Jim Rutherford has said for several days that the club was looking to add a defenseman, possibly even just for depth, but the asking price had to be right.
Schultz comes with a $3.9 million cap hit, but Edmonton will retain half of the salary.
He missed 14 games in November due to a back injury.
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