Defenseman Justin Schultz certainly created a lasting memory in Anaheim's organization.
Without ever playing a game for the Ducks.
The long effort to sign the promising youngster that they drafted in 2008 turned out to be an exercise in futility. Barring some strange development, Schultz will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, taking advantage of a loophole in the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.
He recently filed paperwork to leave the University of Wisconsin, according to reports. Schultz, by all accounts, is more than ready for the NHL. In fact, if all had gone as planned, the Ducks had been hoping to have him in the lineup this past season after his collegiate season concluded.
Bob Murray, the Ducks' executive vice president and general manager, called the saga a "huge disappointment," in an interview with NHL Live on the NHL Network.