Blackhawks get Seth Jones from Columbus
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, July 24, 2021

Seth Jones (photo courtesy of NHL)

(CHICAGO) – The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday acquired veteran defenseman Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets, and sources said they will sign him to an eight-year extension with an average annual value of $9.5 million. The Blackhawks also received the Blue Jackets' first-round pick (No. 32 overall, used to pick defenseman Nolan Allan) in Friday night's draft, as well as their sixth-rounder in 2022. Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman says acquiring Jones has been on their wish list for years, and never seemed to be a possibility until recently. Columbus, meanwhile, brings on defenseman Adam Boqvist in the trade, as well as Chicago's first- and second-round picks in this year's draft and a first-rounder in 2022 (if it's the No. 1 or 2 overall selection, it will convey to a first-round pick in the 2023 draft). Jones, 26, had been in the final year of a six year, $32.4 million contract that paid him $5.4 million annually. He told the Blue Jackets he wanted to test free agency next summer, which instigated a trade. When a story came out a few months ago that Jones did not want to re-sign in Columbus, Bowman said his first call was to Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Jones was originally drafted No. 4 overall by the Nashville Predators in 2013. He was traded to Columbus in 2016, his second NHL season, for center Ryan Johansen. In 381 career NHL games, Jones has scored 50 goals and 173 assists while averaging more than 24 minutes a night. He finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting in 2018.