The Blue Jackets and 21-year-old defenseman Seth Jones have agreed to a six-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $32.4 million with a no-trade clause in the final two years.
With the agreement, the Blue Jackets no longer have to worry about Jones entering restricted free agency on July 1 and signing an offer sheet with another team.
Jones, selected No. 4 in the 2013 draft by the Predators, was sent to Columbus in January in exchange for center Ryan Johansen. He scored three goals and totaled 28 assists in 2015-16 in 81 combined games for the Predators and Blue Jackets.
- Kenny Ducey