Just a month after having signed Conor Garland to a two-year contract extension, the Arizona Coyotes locked up another one of their own on Saturday afternoon, signing forward Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year contract extension.
The agreement was made official through a club announcement from the Coyotes while Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca was next to add further detail to it, noting that Schmaltz would receive an AAV of $5.85 million.
Craig Morgan of The Athletic Arizona was first to report that a deal was in the works between the two sides while he also noted that efforts were being made to uncover the terms which were undisclosed.
The seven-year deal is set to take Schmaltz through the conclusion of the 2025-26 regular season, meanwhile, it is set to kick in at the beginning of the 2019-20 regular season.
In taking a look at Nick Schmaltz, the 23-year-old native of Madison, Wisconsin has scored seven goals and 18 assists, making for 25 points registered in 40 games played. He also adds eight penalty minutes and a -12 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the right-handed centreman has scored 34 goals and 71 assists, making for 105 points registered in 179 games played. He also adds 32 penalty minutes and a -1 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
Schmaltz was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has seen time playing with the University of North Dakota of the NCHC before eventually making his NHL debut at the beginning of the 2016-17 regular season.
Following his two-year tenure with the Fighting Hawks in North Dakota, Schmaltz made the quick jump to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League where he added four points in 26 games before being reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
In a statement from general manager John Chayka with regards to the deal, he said, “Nick is a highly skilled, creative, young center with extremely high upside. Getting Nick signed to a long-term extension is another positive step towards building a sustainable contender here in the Valley. Ownership continues to commit the resources necessary to solidify our core group of players for years to come.”
As mentioned by Josh Gold-Smith of TheScore.com, Schmaltz, who collected 14 points in 17 games before being forced out of the lineup, has been out of game action since December while dealing with the effects of a lower-body injury.
Schmaltz was originally acquired by the Arizona Coyotes back in November in a trade with the Blackhawks which sent forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini the other way in exchange.
Prior to being dealt to the desert, Schmaltz skated in a total of 23 games with the Chicago Blackhawks where he scored two goals as well as nine assists. Overall, the American recorded 91 points in 162 games played with Chicago.
Schmaltz is currently playing out the final year of a three-year, entry-level contract which he signed with the Blackhawks which owes him a total of $925, 000 annually.
Following their 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night, the Arizona Coyotes return to action on Sunday afternoon at Gila River Arena as they play host to the Minnesota Wild at 5:00pmET. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports North, meanwhile, it can be heard on ESPN 620 AM.