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Blues forward Schwartz remains without a contract

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Forward Jaden Schwartz did not report to the St. Louis Blues for the start of training camp Thursday.

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Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said no new talks were scheduled. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sept. 3 that the two sides were "significantly apart" in discussions for a contract extension.

"We've had dialogue recently," Armstrong said. "But I don't know when he's going to be here. He's not here [Thursday], I don't expect him here [Friday]. And we're just going to now concentrate on the players that are here, try and find some synergy with the centermen that are in camp with some wingers. And when Jaden reports, when we get a contract done with him, he can work his way back into that group. But right now it's focus on the guys that are here."

Schwartz, 22, enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14 with 25 goals, 56 points and a plus-28 rating. The Blues' first-round pick (No. 14) in the 2010 NHL Draft completed the final season of his entry-level contract in 2013-14.

"Just going with the flow now," Armstrong said. "I think the thing that's probably best for the process now is to keep that between Jaden's representative and myself. The next time I'll talk publicly about Jaden will be when we sign him."

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