The Blackhawks Are Still "Grinding Away" on a Trade for Seth Jones (UPDATE: It's Happening!)

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The Blackhawks Are Still “Grinding Away” on a Trade for Seth Jones (UPDATE: It’s Happening!)

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Update: The deal is, indeed, going down. Fresh post with the full details right here.

Original post follows. 

Hello, just stopping by to check in on everyone’s sanity.

The NHL Entry Draft is still about two and a half hours away and the Chicago Blackhawks currently still hold the 12th overall selection in the draft. In the meantime, of course, we’re still waiting on any news on a potential deal between the Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to send defenseman Seth Jones to Chicago – ideally (and so far reportedly) without Alec DeBrincat or Kirby Dach. Indeed, if a deal is going to get done, it’ll likely include the first pick in tonight’s draft, which means it’d have to come together before tonight.

With the NHL losing its collective mind in the hours leading up to the draft, it appears that the Blackhawks are still working hard to get a deal done for Jones.

It’s been reported that Jones is willing to sign a long-term deal with the Blackhawks if that is the team he ends up with in a trade. He has one year left on his current contract with the Blue Jackets at a $5.4M AAV cap hit.

The trade package for the Blackhawks is unlikely to involve Kirby Dach or Alex DeBrincat, and Chicago seems to hold the leverage over the Blue Jackets when it comes to a trade coming together.

A number of deals have already been made this afternoon, including Rasmus Ristolainen heading to the Flyers and a blockbuster of bad contracts switching hands between the Canucks and Coyotes.

We’ll keep you posted as details emerge in a possible Seth Jones to the Blackhawks trade, which may or may not even happen today or this weekend.

We shall see.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.