Jones was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Blackhawks on Friday, ESPN's Emily Kaplan reports.
The exact return is pending but is expected to include defenseman Adam Boqvist and multiple draft picks. Jones is expected to sign a new massive contract extension, rumored to be eight years and $76 million, when first eligible this coming Wednesday. Jones was fully expected to be traded after informing Columbus management he would not be re-signing with the club when his contract was due to expire next summer, but it's the massive extension that is the big story here. Jones' younger brother Caleb was dealt from Edmonton to Chicago in the Duncan Keith trade earlier this month and it seems quite likely that played some role in Seth's decision to sign a new long-term deal. On the ice, Jones is coming off one of his worst seasons to date. In 56 games with the Jackets in 2020-21, Jones posted five goals, 28 points, and a minus-18 rating, but he logs a ton of minutes and is still just 26 years old. This is a calculated risk for a Chicago club that badly needed an influx of talent on its blue line.
Jones distributed three assists and had two shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Detroit. He also had two blocks and a plus-3 rating.
Jones enjoyed his first three-point game of the year, figuring in on goals by Cam Atkinson, Jack Roslovic and Max Domi. It was a nice bounce-back after Jones' minus-3 performance one night earlier in a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings. Jones has five goals and 28 points with 26 PIM in 56 games this season, albeit with a minus-18 rating that's on track to be his worst since he was a rookie in 2013-14.
Jones generated a power-play goal Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning.
Jones opened the scoring in the contest with a rocket shot from the point. The power-play quarterback had gone a month without brushing twine, so this can be of solace to the defender despite his team dropping a fifth straight contest. With five goals and 19 assists -- including seven points on the man advantage -- Jones remains a serviceable option, but fantasy managers would prefer that he had more than four multi-point games at this juncture.
Jones scored the game-tying goal with 29 seconds left in the third period of Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Carolina. He finished with four shots, three blocks, two hits and two PIM.
Two nights after scoring the tying and winning goals against the same Carolina squad, Jones forced overtime again Saturday with a wrist shot through traffic in the final minute of regulation. The 26-year-old has run hot and cold offensively all season long, but he's heating up again with four points and 14 shots on goal across his last three contests.
Jones collected a pair of goals on a team-leading six shots in a 3-2 overtime win over Carolina on Thursday. He also provided five hits and two blocks.
Jones led a 2-on-1 rush in the final minute of overtime and picked the top corner from the left faceoff circle, completing Columbus' rally from 2-1 down. It was the second snipe of the game for Jones, who opened the scoring with a rebound goal 14:11 into the game. Jones had entered the night with just one goal all season way back on Feb. 2. The 26-year-old now has 16 points in 31 games on the year.
Jones recorded two power-play assists in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to Chicago.
He was credited with the primary helper on both of Patrik Laine's second-period tallies. The blueliner has taken advantage of the absence of Zach Werenski (lower body) from the lineup in recent weeks, and over the last 10 games Jones has one goal and 10 points, with half of that production (the goal and four assists) coming on the power play.
Jones registered two assists, three blocked shots and two shots on goal in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes.
Jones set up both of Patrik Laine's tallies in this game, with the first one coming on the power play. The 26-year-old Jones has endured a rough start to 2020-21 with just five points and a minus-9 rating through 13 contests. His non-scoring numbers are fine -- the Texas native has racked up 23 shots on net, 17 blocks, 16 hits and 10 PIM, but fantasy managers expect a bit more offense. Jones hasn't dipped below 30 points since 2014-15, his second NHL campaign.
Jones scored a power-play goal on two shots while adding two hits, a blocked shot and a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Stars.
The tally was the first of the season for Jones, who's off to a rough start with only two points and a minus-10 rating through the Jackets' first 11 games. With Patrik Laine now in the fold, the Columbus offense could find new life and boost Jones' production, especially with the man advantage, but the 26-year-old blueliner has the talent to break out of his funk all on his own.
Jones says he plans to negotiate with the Blue Jackets on a long-term contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
The fact that a player is open to a new deal normally wouldn't be news, but after Pierre-Luc Dubois forced a trade to Winnipeg without publicly providing a reason why, speculation developed that he wanted out of Columbus because Jones and Zach Werenski -- who share an agent with Dubois -- already had one foot out the door themselves. Both defensemen, however, have since indicated that they are more than willing to negotiate new deals when their contracts are up after next season, a refreshing change for Jackets fans who have seen a parade of stars, including Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, head elsewhere in recent years. As an unrestricted free agent, the 26-year-old Jones will command a significant payday when the time comes, but the organization will likely do everything it can to keep its impressive blue line intact.
Jones has yet to score a point through four games to begin the season.
The 26-year-old blueliner has been seeing his usual big minutes and has fired 11 shots on net, but nothing has clicked yet. The Jackets' offense as a whole has been sluggish, scoring a total of eight goals in those four games, and Jones is far from alone in being a no-show so far. He'll look to shake off this early slump in the team's home opener Thursday against the Lightning.
Jones was among the players excluded from practice Friday as part of the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
In addition to Jones, fellow blueliners Vladislav Gavrikov, David Savard, Andrew Peeke and Michael Del Zotto were not in attendance for Friday's session. The team has less than a week before Opening Night against the Predators on Jan. 14.
Jones scored a goal on three shots, went plus-2 and blocked five shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 3.
Jones contributed the second tally of the Blue Jackets' comeback Thursday. The goal is his first point in the playoffs, but he's added 10 hits and 11 blocked shots through three games. The blueliner skated 32:40 during Game 3 -- he'll likely continue to see big minutes as a top-pairing defenseman.
Jones (ankle) will be available for the Blue Jackets' postseason matchup with Toronto, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Jones was sidelined for 14 games due to his ankle injury before the league went on hiatus. As a result, the blueliner logged just 56 regular-season games this season and failed to reach the 40-point mark for the first time since 2015-16. With the defender fully fit, he should jump back into a power-play role versus the Leafs, where he recorded nine of his 30 points this year, making him a solid fantasy option in postseason contests.
Jones (ankle) has been skating and could be ready if the NHL season resumes, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Jones had started skating prior to the league suspending play, so it would appear the defenseman hasn't suffered any setbacks at this point. While Kekalainen wouldn't go so far as to clear any specific players, all signs point to the Texan being ready to go once (if) the NHL starts back up.
Jones returned to the ice Sunday for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery Feb. 11.
The 25-year-old was designated for injured reserve after suffering the ankle injury and was given an 8-to-10 week recovery timeline following the procedure. Barring a setback, Jones should be healthy once the NHL schedule resumes.
Jones (ankle) should be ready to rejoin the lineup once the NHL schedule resumes, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The stud blueliner underwent ankle surgery Feb. 11, and the original timeline for his recovery would have seen him return for the final couple games of the regular season as a best-case scenario. Instead, Jones will get ample time to recover during the shutdown, and he should be a key part of whatever playoff push the Jackets make once play resumes.
Jones (ankle) underwent successful ankle surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss at least eight weeks of action, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
The minimum eight weeks on this current timeline would put Jones' return right around the Blue Jackets' final two games of the regular season. Should the team fall out of a playoff spot, it will likely hold him out for the rest of the 2019-20 campaign. The 25-year-old blueliner has 30 points in 56 games while averaging 25:17 of ice time.
Jones will undergo surgery on his right ankle Monday, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Jones has already been ruled out indefinitely and placed on IR, so he'll likely aim to return in March at the earliest. The 25-year-old blueliner is just one of the many casualties the Blue Jackets will have to overcome this year to secure a playoff spot. Markus Nutivaara is expected to work on the top pairing Monday versus Tampa Bay in Jones' stead.
Jones was designated for injured reserve and will be sidelined indefinitely due to an ankle injury.
Jones was injured in Saturday's matchup with Colorado, but not before he scored a power-play goal and registered four shots, three blocks and one hit in 23:35 of ice time. With the blueliner set to miss some time, the club promoted Gabriel Carlsson from AHL Cleveland, though Markus Nutivaara figures to see the biggest uptick in ice time, including slotting into a power-play role.
Jones had an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
Jones has been productive with a goal and three helpers over his last four outings. The 25-year-old blueliner is up to 29 points (five goals, 24 assists), 118 shots, 114 blocked shots and a plus-11 rating in 53 games this season.
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