The Blackhawks have made some rough decisions in the past, and a few of those decisions have come more recently within the organization, when management decided to overpay a player based on one good season, or because there was some interest in the player and they were worried about losing him...or whatever the case may be. This article will cover the three worst contracts the Blackhawks have signed since 2000.
The Contract: 8 years - $9.5M AAV
Let me start by saying, I am a huge fan of Seth Jones. I think he still has plenty left in the tank and still has tons to show based on fans current opinion on him. The Blackhawks gave up a good amount of draft capital, as well as Adam Boqvist in exchange for Jones, and then locked him up for 8 years. His contract takes up 11.5% of the teams cap space.
Jones was coming off of a 5 goal, 23 assist season with the Jackets before the Hawks went all in for him. At the time, the Blackhawks felt like contenders. By the time the deadline had come around, it was clear they had made a slight mistake, and they began to sell players. The problem is, for the next 7 seasons, Jones will be making $9.5M AAV, which still looks like an incredible overpay. His first season with the Blackhawks was a 5 goal, 46 assist outing.
Jones has been praised for being an offensive defenseman, and it showed through last season that he still holds the strength to be a solid one. He was the power play quarterback all season and on a team that wasn't fantastic offensively, Jones still managed to put up over 50 points. That being said, he is no where near a $9.5M player, or at least he hasn't proven it just yet.