Seth Jones’ intention to check subsequent 12 months’s free agent market sparked hypothesis over the place the Columbus Blue Jackets will commerce him this summer time. Whereas some pundits recommend the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks or Montreal Canadiens as potential locations, the Ottawa Solar’s Don Brennan proposed the Colorado Avalanche as a superb match for the 26-year-old defenseman.
Brennan identified Avalanche basic supervisor Joe Sakic knew Jones’ father, former NBA participant Popeye Jones, throughout their respective enjoying days in Colorado twenty years in the past. Sakic’s recommendation to Jones to enrol sons Seth and Caleb in skating classes put the 2 kids on their paths to the NHL.
The Avalanche carry a deep protection corps however Brennan believes they may lose a blueliner to the Seattle Kraken in subsequent month’s growth draft. He thinks Sakic could possibly be contemplating what it would take to accumulate Jones and persuade him to signal a contract extension.
Jones has a 10-team no-trade listing however he could possibly be open to becoming a member of a Cup contender just like the Avalanche. Nonetheless, Sakic would face a frightening problem discovering the cap house to make it work.
With $61.7 million invested in 17 gamers for 2021-22 and defenseman Cale Makar, captain Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Philipp Grubauer to re-sign, there’s not sufficient so as to add Jones’ present $5.4- million cap hit. Re-signing Jones to at the very least $8 million yearly on a brand new contract would drive Sakic to shed appreciable long-term cap house.
Issue within the excessive price of re-signing famous person middle Nathan MacKinnon in two years’ time, and it is unlikely the Avs will try to accumulate Jones.