NHL Notebook: Blues' Schwartz signs extension
Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs tries to get away from Jaden Schwartz of The St. Louis Blues during NHL action in Toronto on Tuesday March 25, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)
The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jaden Schwartz to a two-year contract on Saturday worth a reported $4.7 million.
Schwartz will make $2 million in 2014-15 and $2.7 million in 2015-16, TSN reported.
The 22-year-old Schwartz had 25 goals and 31 assists last season and was among the league's top 15 in plus-minus (plus-28) and takeaways (66).
The former first-round draft pick became the fourth youngest player in club history to reach 25 goals, following Rod Brind'Amour, Doug Gilmour and Wayne Babych.
"We are excited to have Jaden in the fold for the next two seasons," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He is an exciting young talent that will play a key role in the success of our club in the near future."
In 132 career regular-season games with the Blues, Schwartz has amassed 72 points (34 goals, 38 assists) and 31 penalty minutes.
The Blues also assigned five players to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Forwards Cody Beach, Pat Cannone, Sebastian Wannstrom and Jeremy Welsh, and defenseman David Shields were sent to Chicago.
After the moves, the Blues have 37 players in training camp.
SHARKS INK PAIR
The San Jose Sharks signed forward Nikolay Goldobin and defenceman Julius Bergman to entry-level deals on Friday.
Goldobin, 18, the Sharks first-round selection (27th overall) in the 2014 draft, played for the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 season. He scored 38 goals and 94 points in 67 games, leading Sarnia in scoring while ranking seventh in the OHL in points.
"Nikolay is a dynamic player with a high-end skill set and tremendous vision," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "He's got great hockey sense which we feel will allow him to be successful."
Bergman was San Jose’s second-round pick in this year's draft. He played for Frolunda in the Swedish Junior League during the 2013-14 season, scoring 13 goals and 34 points in 45 games. He ranked second in goals and was tied for third in points in the league.
"We were very pleased to select Julius in this year's draft," Wilson said. "He plays a solid two-way game and sees the play well. You can never have too many smooth skating defensemen, and we look forward to watching his development."
CROSBY’S GRANDMA DIES
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby missed Saturday's pre-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after his grandmother passed away.
Crosby traveled to Nova Scotia to be with his family.
Crosby, the team's captain, has not yet made his pre-season debut because of an unspecified injury.
Andrew Ebbett replaced Crosby in the lineup.