What kind of player does Chicago get in Jones?
Dom Luszczyszyn, national analytical editor: At Jones, Chicago gets a big player who has the ability to do it all while eating big minutes. It is this latter fact that makes Jones so enticing as well as his appearance while playing.
The tools are all there, and for much of his career he looked like a rightful number one advocate. Last year it was not that. Not even close, and he struggled tremendously to drive the game to both ends of the ice.
What Chicago probably gets is a player whose reputation far exceeds his actual abilities, and the Blackhawks have paid a huge price for doing so.
Is this a good deal for the Blackhawks?
Scott Powers, editor in chief of the Blackhawks: On paper, this is not the case. They gave up a ton for a player who no one is sure is still an elite defender now. You add the Blackhawks to re-signing Jones for eight more seasons starting next season with a cap of $ 9.5 million, and they make a huge bet on Jones.
It sounds like the kind of move the Blackhawks wanted to move away from. They pushed the idea of youth and patience, and they apparently blew it all up with this profession. We’ll see how it all plays out, but it sure doesn’t look like a good deal for the Blackhawks.
Have the Jackets had enough in return?
Aaron Portzline, Editor-in-Chief of the Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets are clearly in the early stages of what they hope will be a rebuild, so they must be thrilled to add a dynamic young defenseman like Boqvist and a pair of first-round picks, including the No.12 later this evening.
It wasn’t easy for them to part with Jones, but they knew he wasn’t going to sign with them for almost two months now. Reconstruction has taken a big step forward now.
This transaction was not easy to set up, as the Blackhawks did not budge against young players Alex DeBrincat, Kirby Dach and others. But the Blue Jackets convinced the Hawks to trade them in place of the first-round picks.
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