March 12, 2012
NHL notes: Blues sign first-rounder Schwartz
By QMI Agency
Jaden Schwartz will make his NHL debut Tuesday after signing an entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues Monday.
Schwartz, the Blues' first-round pick in 2010 (14th overall), will join the Blues in Chicago for their game against the Blackhawks. He just finished his sophomore season with Colorado College, recording 15 goals and 26 assists in 30 games.
"Jaden had an excellent college career and we are excited that he is ready to make the jump to the NHL," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He will add depth to the skill level on our team and give us some options as we begin this stretch drive."
Schwartz, 19, twice played for Canada at the world junior championship. His first experience ended early when he broken an ankle in the second game of the tournament.
To make room for the Melfort, Sask., native on the roster, the Blues sent forward T.J. Hensick to Peoria of the AHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed agitator Daniel Carcillo to a two-year contract extension worth a reported $1.65 million.
Carcillo has season-ending surgery on his left knee Jan. 17 --he was hurt two weeks earlier after hitting Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert from behind, which landed him a seven-game suspension -- but the Blackhawks clearly aren't concerned about the injury impacting his future.
"I'm excited," Carcillo told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It was obviously my goal to have a great year here and that really didn't pan out with my injury. It was out of my control. But I'm the happiest guy in the Chicago to be able to come back for another two years."
Carcillo had two goals and nine assists in 28 games this season, his first with the Blackhawks.
BRYZGALOV FIRST STAR
Two dudes named Ilya and another guy called Jaroslav are the NHL's three stars of the week.
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was named first star Monday while New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk copped the second star award. St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak rounded out the weekly awards.
Bryzgalov had three shutouts in four starts last week, including a pair of 1-0 wins, Kovalchuk had five goals and four assists in four games, all wins, and Halak extended his personal winning streak to eight games by giving up just one goal in each of his three starts.
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard joined the team for its California road trip and could play Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Howard has missed three games with a groin injury after being hurt March 4. He is third in the NHL with 33 wins and has a 2.05 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 49 games this season.
With Howard healthy, the Wings returned goalie Jordan Pearce to Grand Rapids of the AHL.
Detroit is still missing defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi due to injuries. Lidstrom and Datsyuk are expected back this week.
NO BAN FOR MALKIN
Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin won't be punished further for hitting Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk from behind Sunday.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Malkin won't be suspended or fined for the hit, which resulted in just a minor penalty for boarding. Boychuk, whose head hit the glass on the play, left the game briefly before returning.
Malkin leads the NHL in scoring with 38 goals and 46 assists in 61 games.
Alexander Radulov wouldn't be required to clear waivers if he wants to re-join the Nashville Predators for the stretch run, according to TSN. The NHLPA has agreed to bypass waivers on Radulov, who has played in the KHL the last four years but still has one year left on his contract with the Preds, if he returns to the NHL ... Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, out for three games with a concussion, could play Tuesday against New Jersey. Defencemen Andrej Meszaros, Pavel Kubina and Kimmo Timonen are still nursing injuries, though ... New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and defenceman Michael Del Zotto both missed practice Monday and might not be available Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Callahan has a foot injury while Del Zotto is dealing with a hip issue ... Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews likely won't play Tuesday against the Blues but could be back before the end of the week. He's missed 11 games with a concussion.