FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, March 30, 2019
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Nick is a highly skilled, creative, young center with extremely high upside," said Chayka. "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."
Video: Chayka: Schmaltz Is 'Very Talented Offensive Player'
The 23-year-old Schmaltz registered 5-9-14 and two penalty minutes (PIM) in 17 games with the Coyotes this season. He totaled 7-18-25 and eight PIM in 40 games with Arizona and the Chicago Blackhawks this season. He has been out of lineup since Dec. 30 with a lower body injury and is currently skating as part of his rehabilitation process.
"I'm very excited to sign a long-term contract with the Coyotes," said Schmaltz. "We have a great core of young, talented players in Arizona and I'm looking forward to coming back healthy next season and contributing for many years to come. We have a very bright future here and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
The 6-foot, 177-pound native of Madison, WI has recorded 34-71-105 in 179 career NHL games with the Coyotes and Blackhawks. He posted a career-high 21-31-52 in 78 games with Chicago in 2017-18.
Schmaltz was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Coyotes from Chicago in exchange for center Dylan Strome and forward Brendan Perlini on November 25, 2018
Video: Schmaltz Talks Signing Lengthy Contract Extension.