The fear of offer sheets got the best of the Columbus Blue Jackets or so we're supposed to think. With Seth Jones, potentially their best defenseman here shortly, they needed to get a deal done before the floor opened up to restricted free agency and the vultures (or other NHL teams) couldn't put the pressure on.
The Jackets were already dealing with some salary cap concerns, heading into the Summer, but they knew that Jones was a top priority for their club, not too long after acquiring him from the Nashville Predators in the deal that sent Ryan Johansen the other way.
On Wednesday morning, the club announced that they had signed Jones to a 6-year contract extension, reportedly worth $32.4 million in total, a $5.4 million cap hit per season. By my count, which you can see in the table below, the projected roster is already up to 20 players and they only have about $1.675 million left under the ceiling.
For us poolies, Jones, just finishing his third season in the NHL, is certainly starting to come around offensively, ranking 49th among all defensemen in scoring with 3 goals and 31 points in 81 games between Nashville and Columbus. The move has allowed him a lot more responsibility with his new club, which can only mean good things for both the player and the team, not to mention the hockey pool team that selects him next season. I think his projections for next season will improve impressively.
Don't forget, the World Cup of Hockey pool, which we'll have before the NHL season gets started, an announcement coming tomorrow... he'll be a part of the North American Under-23 team and should feature as a big part of that team in September.
|Brandon Saad||6.000||Seth Jones||5.400||Sergei Bobrovsky||7.425|
|Brandon Dubinsky||5.850||David Savard||4.250||Joonas Korpisalo||0.743|
|Nick Foligno||5.500||Ryan Murray||2.825|
|David Clarkson||5.250||Fedor Tyutin||4.500|
|Matt Calvert||2.200||Jack Johnson||4.357|
|Jared Boll||1.700||Cody Goloubef||0.750|
|Sonny Milano||0.863||Gabriel Carlsson||0.925||Curtis McElhinney||0.800|
|Jordan Maletta||0.793||Zach Werenski||0.925||Oscar Dansk||0.776|
|Paul Bittner||0.778||Markus Nutivaara||0.818||Anton Forsberg||0.650|
|Justin Scott||0.751||Dillon Heatherington||0.771|
|Brett Gallant||0.750||Dean Kukan||0.768|
|Kole Sherwood||0.722||Blake Siebenaler||0.678|
|Markus Hannikainen||0.718||Jamie Sifers||0.625|
|Josh Anderson||0.709||John Ramage||0.613|
|Nick Moutrey||0.693||Oleg Yevenko||0.575|
Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, injured/retired cap hits, in the system