The Chicago Blackhawks have played six games so far in 2021-22, and that introduction to future star players on this team like Seth Jones has not been great.
The Seth Jones contract is going to be a talking point of this organization for many many years to come, and while I understand the critiques to be had up to this point, I am not ready to call this a bad move on the Chicago Blackhawks part.
Seth Jones is the elite defenseman this team is going to need for many years. He is only 27 years old and still has a lot of great hockey ahead of him, and the team has him with them for the next handful of years guaranteed.
Jones is in the final year of his deal then starts his 9.5 million dollar contract this next season. He is signed through the 2029-30 season, and by then the makeup of this team is going to look very different.
The addition of Jones might not be paying off through the first six games of the season, and I know none of us really want to hear well he was pretty good during this one game or this other game.
All the different pieces the team moved and the contract they handed out definitely should replicate to success right now from the team’s new number one defenseman. While some frustration is deserved here, I do believe that this player and this contract cannot be judged until we all see what he does in a few years.
Elite number one defenseman do not come along that often. Chicago had one in Duncan Keith for many years, but even he started to fall off towards the end in Chicago. Trading for Jones gives the team that guy for the next handful of seasons.
I will wait until I see the next generation of this team playing with Jones, if at the end of his deal he still hasn’t won a Stanley Cup then yes this was a bad trade, but I still do believe it was the right one for the team at the time.
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