3. Now They Have Something To Build Around
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane only have two more years left on their deals. Before trading for and extending Seth Jones the longest contract in this organization belong to Riley Stillman who is signed through the 2023-24 season.
Now the team has an elite player signed long-term. While the cap might stay stagnant for a few seasons, this contract might become the norm for players in three or four years. By then fans might be looking at this deal as something that can be expected out of top defensemen.
Now the team has something to work within Jones. We already mentioned that they got their number one defenseman, now they need to figure out the rest of the lineup. Could Riley Stillman be a good fit for Jones? Will they try and put the two brothers together? These are the things the organization will try and figure out during the coming months, but the amazing this is now they have options.
A few seasons ago the defense was not looking great, and it still needs some work, but it is looking better than before. Chicago has de Haan, Stillman, Murphy, Seth Jones, Caleb Jones, and a handful of younger guys in Kalynuk, Beaudin, and Mitchell ready to form their defense.
The team is in a position to let Beaudin and Mitchell develop for one more season in the AHL, with some changes here or there up in the lineup, while also putting a pretty good unit out on the ice in the NHL. Sure, if they want to add one more defenseman to the roster or trade for someone that wouldn’t hurt either, but this defense is already looking better than ever.
Oh and I never even had to mention Zadorov here…