St. Louis Blues sign Jaden Schwartz to Five-Year Contract

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The St. Louis Blues have come to terms on a deal with restricted free agent forward Jaden Schwartz. The deal was first reported by Jeremy Rutherford.  It is said to be a five-year deal worth $26.75 million. The deal will carry an AAV or cap hit of $5.35 million per season. Schwartz had filed for salary arbitration earlier this month, but that will now be avoided with the new deal.

St. Louis Blues sign Jaden Schwartz to Five-Year Contract

The Blues drafted Schwartz in the first round, 14th overall, by St. Louis in the 2010 NHL Draft. The 24-year-old was limited to just 33 games due to injury last season. He scored eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. Over his four year NHL career (plus a smattering of games in a fifth season), Schwartz has scored 70 goals and 87 assists for 157 points in 240 career games. He also has just 55 career penalty minutes.

Schwartz has formed a dynamic duo with Vladimir Tarasenko. The two star wingers will be expected to be the leaders of the Blues offence in the coming years. There is definitely a dynamic that this new guard is taking control of the team’s offence, with players like David Backes, T.J. Oshie, and Troy Brouwer leaving over the last two off-seasons.

Schwartz played for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships winning silver and bronze respectively. He also won gold at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16:  Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings guards the net against Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center on October 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  The Kings won 1-0 in a shootout.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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