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.
Schwartz has signed a five-year contract with the #stlblues just under $27 million, according to league sources.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 15, 2016
Blues re-sign Jaden Schwartz to five-year $26.75M deal https://t.co/rcVDjHqQHW
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) July 15, 2016
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.
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)