NHL notes: Blues reward Kevin Shattenkirk

St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the...

St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the shoot-out of their NHL hockey game in Chicago, Illinois, April 4, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Kevin Shattenkirk hit paydirt Wednesday.

The St. Louis Blues re-signed the restricted free agent to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $17 million.

Shattenkirk, 24, dressed in all 48 games this season and was second among Blues defencemen in points, with 23.

The native of Greenwich, Conn., was originally acquired by the Blues along with Chris Stewart from the Colorado Avalance on Feb. 19, 2011.

In 201 career NHL games, Shattenkirk has 23 and 86 assists, along with 116 penalty minutes.

ANISIMOV GETS EXTENSION

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed an important piece of their offence for the next three seasons.

Russian forward Artem Anisimov agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Columbus through the 2015-16 NHL season.

"Artem is a big part of our team and we're very pleased to sign him to this extension," said general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "He's an extremely dependable two-way centre with a dynamic skill set and we think he will be a key contributor to our club in the coming years."

Anisimov, 25, was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers last summer.

In 35 games last season, Anisimov recorded 11 goals and seven assists. In 279 career NHL games, he has 57 goals and 126 points.

SHARKS INK DESJARDINS, SHEPPARD

The San Jose Sharks signed restricted free-agent forwards James Sheppard and Andrew Desjardins Wednesday.

Desjardins signed a two-year deal, Sheppard a one-year contract.

"You feel good getting a two-year deal," Desjardins told the San Jose Mercury News. "You feel a little more important. It's just good to have that little bit of security."

Desjardins, 26, had two goals and one assist in 42 games last season, while Sheppard, 25, played in 32 regular-season games and had one goal and three assists.

Sheppard missed nearly two season following an ATV accident in Sept. 2010 while under contract with the Minnesota Wild.

"James played his best hockey for us in the playoffs and his game continues to improve after missing the past couple seasons," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "Andrew is a player that plays with an edge, can kill penalties and has the ability to play the north-south game we desire."

BRUNNER WANTS LONG DEAL

Damien Brunner wants to stay a Detroit Red Wing.

The forward, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 5, wants to be around for several years and is seeking a lengthy deal.

"We've had discussions," Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, told the Detroit Free Press. "We're scheduled to talk again in New Jersey this weekend."

The lockout-shortened NHL season was the first for the 27-year-old Swiss native. He scored 12 goals and 26 points in 44 games, tailing off in the second half of the season after scoring 10 of those goals in the first 19 games.

The Wings also have forwards Daniel Cleary and Valtteri Filppula approaching unrestricted free agency.

BRIEFLY

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenceman Keith Aulie to a one-year deal ... The Pittsburgh Penguins announced their preseason schedule for the 2013-14 season, opening in Columbus against the Blue Jackets Sept. 15 ... Phoenix Coyotes goaltender coach Sean Burke was named to Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence management team.


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