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Schwartz, Blues haven’t made progress on new deal

Aug 26, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

Sounds as though the contract talks between St. Louis and RFA forward Jaden Schwartz are stuck in neutral. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Schwartz, 22, is coming off a breakout campaign with St. Louis, finishing third on the team with a career-high 25 goals while averaging 17:32 TOI per game. The former first-round pick racked up 56 points and established himself as a valuable penalty killer, leading the team with three shorthanded markers.

The Blues (and, specifically, GM Doug Armstrong) are known to play hardball with their RFAs, so the fact Schwartz remains unsigned so late into the summer isn’t surprising. Last year, stud defenseman Alex Pietrangelo went without a deal for the entire offseason and actually missed a bit of training camp; this summer, Armstrong and the Blues filed club-elected salary arbitration for Vladimir Sobotka, who then proceeded to sign in the KHL.

Back in July, Armstrong did say the Blues were aiming to get Schwartz signed by camp.

“We’re in the initial process,” Armstrong said, via a live chat through the Post-Dispatch. “I had a conversation with Jaden’s agent yesterday and we’re working towards getting him signed.

“This could take some time but we’re comfortable that he will be at training camp.”

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