2. Age Is Not Really A Factor
This contract does not kick into effect until next season. The team will owe Seth Jones 9.5 million for eight years starting in the year 2022-23. So, the contract will start when he is 28. Jones is current 26 and turns 27 on October 3rd.
So his eight-year deal starts next season and will run through the 2029-30 season. At that time Jones will be 35 years old. A 35-year-old defenseman finishing up his deal doesn’t seem that bad to me. I know 9.5 million might sound like a lot, but for a defenseman that is hopefully going to be the new number one guy in this organization that doesn’t sound so bad to me.
Jones still has a lot of great hockey ahead of him. He is younger than Connor Murphy and still has a lot of great hockey ahead of him. By the time this contract is nearing expiration, I think the team will look back on it as a win overall. They have some certainty about one player on their team and can move forward with a face on their blue line.
Jones won’t be 39 when this contract expires like Keith will be, instead, they have their elite defenseman locked up until he is 35 and hopefully that will be after a lot of success with this team.