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Report: Blues, forward Jaden Schwartz close to deal

The Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz, who missed the first 10 days of training camp, were closing in on a contract extension on Saturday.
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The Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz were closing in on a contract extension on Saturday, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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The 22-year-old missed the first 10 days of training camp "awaiting" an extension, Rutherford reported, adding that the Blues and Schwartz's agent, Wade Arnott, had previously said they were focusing on a short-term deal.

Schwartz, a 2010 first-round pick, had 25 goals and 31 assists last season for the Blues, who lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Blackhawks.

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The third-year player has 34 goals, 38 assists and a plus-25 plus/minus in 132 career games.

St. Louis opens its regular season on Oct. 9 at home against the defending Eastern Conference-champion Rangers.

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