That was half of the equation.
The Hawks and Jones also agreed to an eight-year, $76 million extension with a hefty $9.5 million annual cap hit.
“At the end of the day, I trusted (agent) Pat (Brisson) to get the job done for me,” he said.
Seth touted the history of the organization and the chance to play with the likes of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and added he admires president of hockey operations and general manager Stan Bowman.
Bowman said Friday that Seth Jones can mentor the Hawks’ crop of young defensemen — including Caleb — and Seth agrees.
“And I’m still learning — I’m 26 going on 27, so by no means have I hit my peak (yet),” Seth said. “But for Caleb, just bringing experience. I can hopefully play in all situations, power play, penalty kill and do a good job for the team. Whatever the coach asks me to do, I want to do to make this team better.”
The Hawks traded for Caleb Jones last week in the deal that sent Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers. Bowman downplayed the notion that Caleb was a sweetener to lure Seth into signing a long-term deal.
“Certainly, Caleb had nothing to do with the trade,” Bowman said. “Maybe he had something to do with telling Seth he should sign with the Blackhawks — I don’t really know that part of it. But we like Caleb. He’s just coming into his own as well. We’ve got some young defensemen, and he’s going to supplement that group. It’s certainly a great story to have the two of them here.”
Caleb knows he has to make his own way to stick around.
“They have a lot of guys that are my age,” he said Saturday. “I’ve actually played more games (93) than a lot of the young guys they have, so (Bowman) thinks I can bring a little bit more experience..