St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz, left, congratulates St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn on his second period power play goal during a game between the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Monday, May 3, 2021. Photo by David Carson, email@example.com
PHOENIX – For the first time since 2012, the Blues opened a season without Jaden Schwartz on their roster Saturday at Colorado. The veteran forward signed with Seattle during the offseason in free agency.
Players come and go. It’s part of the business of pro sports in the age of free agency and the salary cap. But Schwartz was a fixture for a decade with the Blues – the first-round pick in the 2010 draft made his Blues debut during the 2011-12 season.
“It’s obviously a little bit different,” Brayden Schenn said back during training camp. “Just Schwartzy around the locker room. He brings life and personality and lots of laughs. But at the end of the day it’s a business. I think he needed a change of scenery. And just talking about what happened to him personally, to get a fresh start in Seattle.”
Schwartz’s father Rick died of a heart attack last November at age 59.
“Maybe sometimes change is good when you’ve been in a certain organization for 10 years,” said Schenn, who was Schwartz’s linemate for much of the past four…