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Seth Jones May Be Moved This Summer

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson declined to confirm reports that star defenseman Seth Jones has told the club he won’t be signing a contract extension with it this summer.

“There was an agreement to keep the discussions private,” Davidson said. “The Blue Jackets will continue to keep things private.”

But Davidson has made it abundantly clear that the Blue Jackets won’t take the same approach with Jones that they did two years ago with forward Artemi Panarin, who eventually signed with the New York Rangers.

“The No. 1 thing we’d like to do is keep Seth,” Davidson told The Athletic on Sunday. “He has every right in the world to leave if he wants to not extend the contract, but we’ll do what’s best for our team. We just want players who want to be here.

“This is a different scenario (than in 2019). We were in a position (then) where we thought we had a chance to make a pretty good run at (the Stanley Cup). Beating Tampa Bay (in the first round) was great. Losing to Boston in six … it was a good series, and they lost in seven in the Final.”

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