BLUES EXTRAS

Blues re-sign veteran center Scott Nichol

2012-06-28T12:37:00Z 2012-06-28T17:38:42Z Blues re-sign veteran center Scott NicholBY JEREMY RUTHERFORD stltoday.com
June 28, 2012 12:37 pm  • 

The Blues are bringing back another one of their unrestricted free agents.

Three days before the free-agency window opens, veteran center Scott Nichol re-signed with the club, agreeing to a one-year contract extension worth $650,000.

"We are pleased to have Scott back in the fold for next year," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "His work ethic and professionalism are second to none and he serves as an excellent role model for our young core."

Nichol, 37, played his first season with the Blues in 2011-12, posting three goals and five assists in 80 games. He led the club with a 57.6 face-off winning percentage.

Nichol is the second scheduled unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Blues. Earlier this month, defenseman Barret Jackman agreed to a three-year, $9.5 million extension.

The team's remaining UFAs are forwards Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott and Chris Porter and defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo and Kent Huskins. Of those players, only Langenbrunner and potentially Colaiacovo are candidates to re-sign.

Meanwhile, the Blues have two remaining restricted free agents without contracts: David Perron and T.J. Oshie. If they are unsigned by Sunday, they would have the right to sign offer sheets with other teams, but the Blues would have seven days to match those offers. The players could also file for arbitration, which would make them ineligible to receive offer sheets.

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