Seth Jones was once traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday for Adam Boqvist and three draft picks.
The Blue Jackets got a first-round purchase (No. 12) and a second-round desire (No. 44) within the 2021 NHL Draft, and a first-round purchase within the 2022 or 2023 NHL Draft for the defenseman.
The Blackhawks got a first-round purchase (No. 32, within the inaugurate belonging to the Tampa Bay Lightning) and a sixth-round desire within the 2022 NHL Draft.
If Chicago’s first-round purchase in 2022 is one amongst the pinnacle two choices, the Blue Jackets will win the Blackhawks’ first-round purchase in 2023.
Jones has one season final on the six-one year, $32.4 million contract ($5.4 million annual average price) he signed June 29, 2016.
Blackhawks overall supervisor Stan Bowman stated they don’t contain made the change for the 26-one year-ancient within the occasion that they didn’t “contain self assurance that we would be in a spot to lengthen him.”
“He’s an impact defenseman that we have been attempting to search out, for reasonably some time, and to lastly be in a spot to add him to our group right here is a immense transfer for the total group,” Bowman stated. “I believe it adjustments the complexion of our protection in explicit, but our group often.
“We contain had of enterprise to contain a look at Seth emerge within the League as a high defenseman. He’s one amongst the few gamers who can enact all the pieces. He undoubtedly performs shut to half of the game, we love his competitiveness to boot to his all-round game, he’s got the size and the skating to boot to the flexibility to play these hard minutes in opposition to high gamers. Every residing, from the energy play to the penalty raze, he’s the man you settle to contain on the ice with a minute to transfer if you happen to’re keeping a lead to boot to if you happen to’re down a goal. These are hard to search out, so if you happen to get that more than a few to add somebody adore that, it’s going to be vital to enact all the pieces which you can even to bring him in.”
Jones had stated he would “weigh every chance doable” regarding his ability to change into an unrestricted free agent after subsequent season, in step with reports.
“He did not have to ticket an extension with the Blue Jackets with one one year final on his contract, so we made up our minds to enact essentially the most though-provoking we would possibly well perhaps perhaps to get the return that we have to continue to grow as a franchise,” Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson told ESPN. “Seth’s a tall man, he’s a tall participant, he had every real within the sphere to enact what he did, and I make now not withhold [anything] in opposition to him one bit. I do know he loves this philosophize, but he made up our minds in my thought and professionally for himself. With us, we spent days and days attempting to position a deal together.”
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Jones has scored 223 elements (50 targets, 173 assists) in 381 NHL games for the reason that Blue Jackets got him in a change with the Nashville Predators for heart Ryan Johansen on Jan. 6, 2016. Jones scored 28 elements (five targets, 23 assists) in 56 games this season, when Columbus (18-26-12) tied the Detroit Red Wings for final philosophize within the eight-group Peek Central Division and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
“I believe it’s a residing that you just get it once to your lifetime and, yeah, there is reasonably a range of stress and folks are taking a inspect at you from all over,” Jones stated Can also just 10. “I even want to select a step aid and thought what I’d like.”
The Blue Jackets selected forward Cole Sillinger at No. 12. They traded the second-round purchase they got from the Blackhawks to the Carolina Hurricanes for 23-one year-ancient defenseman Jake Bean.
Brad Larsen was once named Columbus coach June 10 after the Blue Jackets launched Can also just 9 that John Tortorella wouldn’t return after six seasons. Forward Patrik Laine can change precise into a restricted free agent July 28. Forward Slash Foligno was once traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs as phase of a 3-group contend with the San Jose Sharks on April 11, when Columbus got a first-round purchase within the 2021 draft (No. 25) and a fourth-round purchase within the 2022 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, forward Artemi Panarin and heart Matt Duchene each and every left Columbus as a free agent after the 2018-19 season. Forward Pierre-Luc Dubois was once traded to the Winnipeg Jets for Laine on Jan. 23, and forward Josh Anderson was once traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 6 for heart Max Domi and a third-round purchase within the 2020 NHL Draft.
“We hope to, as hasty as which you can even and as most though-provoking as which you can even, draft, invent, continue to enact what we enact,” Davidson stated. “I believe Columbus is a tall metropolis, the total gamers who’re right here love this philosophize, and we’re going to get reasonably a range of correct younger ones coming in right here. It be going to be fun to contain a look at this.”
Jones joins his brother in Chicago; defenseman Caleb Jones was once traded to the Blackhawks by the Edmonton Oilers on July 12 as phase of the deal for defenseman Duncan Keith.
Boqvist has one season final on the entry-level contract he signed with Chicago on July 1, 2018. The defenseman, who turns 21 on Aug. 15, scored 16 elements (two targets, 14 assists) in 35 games this season.
Selected by Chicago with the No. 8 purchase within the 2018 NHL Draft, Boqvist has scored 29 elements (six targets, 23 assists) in 76 ordinary-season games and no elements in eight playoff games.
“We haven’t had a tall energy play for a pair of years. He can sprint a energy play,” Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen told ESPN. “He ran one amongst essentially the most though-provoking energy performs within the league with Chicago. He’s a real-handed shot, he’s a correct playmaker, he sees the ice surely effectively. He shoots the puck. So he’ll get a tall more than a few right here to enact that.”
NHL.com workers writer Tracey Myers contributed to this notify