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Paying Seth Jones For His Potential

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Wednesday afternoon, a couple of hours after the Blue Jackets signed defenseman Seth Jones to a six-year contract worth $32.4 million, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and Jones met the media at Nationwide Arena. To look at the podium was to see the very picture of the Jackets’ dilemma, and what management prays is the solution.

Jones’ new contract, worth $5.4 million per, is only a bad deal if the kid plays like he did last season. Was he bad? No. Did he have moments of brilliance? Yes. Did he play like he was worth top-pair money through 2021-22? That is a good question.

This is not to suggest Jones lacks potential. It is to say that, as yet, he has yet to reach his potential, with two teams.

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Hootinani's avatar

Since when is 5mil top pair money?  The kid is going to be qreat offensive dman, and he is well on his way.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/30/16 at 09:45 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I saw him play in Portland for a few years, this guy’s worth every penny.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 06/30/16 at 11:11 AM ET

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