The St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent forward Jaden Schwartz have avoided arbitration and agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $26.75 million. Re-signing the 24-year-old Schwartz was a top priority for the team, which lost in the Western Conference finals to San Jose. The Blues have given long-term deals to forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, but this summer allowed captain David Backes to leave for a free-agent deal with Minnesota.
First, Luke Schenn, a serviceable third-pairing defender who was always miscast in a larger role, got a two-year deal with Arizona that should work out nicely for both sides. CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio says Schenn wants $5.5 million against the cap for just one year, while the Flyers offered him a two-year deal worth a little more than $4.3 million against the cap, with the lower payout coming in year one.
TORONTO – – For the second time in as many years Patrick Eaves walked away from the annual Smashfest Ping-Pong tournament as the champion. The Dallas Stars forward defeated Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks to reclaim his title at the charity event on Thursday night. Several current and retired NHLers participated in the event at Steam Whistle Brewery in downtown Toronto including Aaron Ekblad, Jeff Skinner, Derick Brassard and Sam Bennett.