Coyotes sign Schmaltz to 7-year contract extension

Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) battles for position with Vegas Golden Knights center Ryan Carpenter (40) during a Dec. 30, 2018 at Gila River Arena in Glendale. The Coyotes signed Schamltz, who has been out since December, to a seven-year contract extension Saturday. [AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin]

GLENDALE (AP) — The Coyotes have signed Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed.

The 23-year-old Schmaltz arrived in the desert in a November trade that sent forward Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to Chicago.

Schmaltz got off to a strong start with the Coyotes, scoring five goals with nine assists in 17 games, but went down with a season-ending knee injury in December. He recently started skating as part of his rehabilitation.

Schmaltz had career highs of 21 goals and 31 assists in 78 games with the Blackhawks this season. He had seven goals and 18 assists in 40 combined games this season.

Schmaltz has 34 goals and 71 assists in 179 career games.



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