Blackhawks '21-22

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Minimal salary increase, too. Could be a steal

Yep. $4.4M for a 2nd pairing guy is pretty good. Also, like that the contract ends (@ 33) before he really slows down.

D is going to be markedly better. The ceiling depends on Jones.

Next piece of business is moving Strome, provided the signals from Toews are good. Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton are the obvious trade partners.
 
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Training camps start in 3 weeks. Really hoping Toews is much more than a shadow of his former self. We should know a lot more on that front soon.

Need at least 2 out of 3 of Nylander, Borgstrom and Gaudette to establish themselves as legit players. Need Dach to take a big step forward. Need Jones to be a consistently good #1 D. I believe McCabe is going to be a great partner for Jones and will allow him to unlock more offense (which was repressed by Columbus/Torts).
 
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Training camps start in 3 weeks. Really hoping Toews is much more than a shadow of his former self. We should know a lot more on that front soon.

Need at least 2 out of 3 of Nylander, Borgstrom and Gaudette to establish themselves as legit players. Need Dach to take a big step forward. Need Jones to be a consistently good #1 D. I believe McCabe is going to be a great partner for Jones and will allow him to unlock more offense (which was repressed by Columbus/Torts).

So many question marks - it's going to be interesting at the very least. Can't wait!

I certainly haven't paid close attention to the ups and downs of Jones' game over the past several years, but he also had his best years statistically with Torts, so I suspect the scoring decline was due more to the team around him (i.e. Panarin moved on) than a stifling system. I'd like to think the Hawks have enough forward talent - particularly if Toews is back and Dach progresses - that Seth's numbers will rise again.

Jones should also be pretty motivated to have a big year and make the Olympic team. Love seeing that announcement today. Hate that the games will be at odd hours...