Blues' General Manager Doug Armstrong announced on Thursday that the club has signed veteran center Scott Nichol to a one-year contract. The signing comes mere days before Nichol was set to become an unrestricted free agent (July 1). According to reports, the contract will pay Nichol $650,000.
Nichol joined the Blues in the 2011 offseason to add experience and to be a role model for the young club. He played in 80 games with the Blues this past season, mostly as a fourth line center, and accumulated eight points (three goals, five assists). Well known for his face-off skills, Nichol won a club leading 57.6-percent of his face-offs.
Standing at 5-foot-9, Nichol may not be the biggest and strongest of players, but his heart and work ethic makes up for what he lacks in size.
“We are pleased to have Scott back in the fold for next year,” said Doug Armstrong. “His work ethic and professionalism are second to none and he serves as an excellent role model for our young core.”
Nichol was a part of what head coach Ken Hitchcock labeled as the Blues' "best line" during the regular season. The line's tenacity and level of play was a good source of energy for the Blues throughout the season.
Nichol, 37, has been a part of six different NHL teams during his 12-year NHL career. He has spent 10 of those 12 seasons in the Western Conference.
Nichol began his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995-96 season and played his first game on April 13, 1996. He has played 632 games, scored 55 goals, and registered 71 assists (126 points) since that time.