Blackhawks acquire Seth Jones, reportedly sign him to 8-year extension
The Blackhawks intend to sign Jones to an eight-year extension carrying a $9.5-million annual cap hit, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
Here are the full terms of the deal:
|Chicago receives||Columbus receives|
|D Seth Jones||D Adam Boqvist|
|No. 32 pick||No. 12 pick|
|2022 6th-rounder||No. 44 pick|
Jones received down-ballot Norris Trophy votes for four straight seasons from 2017-20. He finished as high as fourth in 2018 when he tallied 16 goals and 41 assists in 78 games. He registered 28 points in 56 contests this past season but posted miserable underlying numbers.
The 26-year-old has one season left on a contract carrying a $5.4-million annual cap hit. The reported extension would make Jones the NHL's third-highest-paid blue-liner when it kicks in, trailing Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.
Barring any further major additions, Chicago will count on Jones to carry an inexperienced defense corps that includes his brother Caleb; the younger Jones joined the team from Edmonton Oilers in the Duncan Keith trade.
Here's the Blackhawks' projected blue-line depth chart:
|Calvin de Haan||Seth Jones|
|Nikita Zadorov||Connor Murphy|
|Riley Stillman||Ian Mitchell|
Adam Boqvist, meanwhile, joins Columbus after registering 29 points in 76 career games with the Blackhawks. Chicago selected the right-handed shooter eighth overall in 2018. The 20-year-old Swede stands 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 179 pounds.