Recent trade speculation has linked the Philadelphia Flyers to Seth Jones. On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun cited sources confirming they’re among the clubs interested in the Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman.
Jones, 26, is available after informing the Blue Jackets of his intention to test next summer’s unrestricted free agent market. LeBrun believes he’d be a perfect fit to address the Flyers’ need for a right-side defenseman. He indicated they have some young players potentially enticing to the Jackets.
Several issues, however, could complicate things.
Finding sufficient salary-cap room could be an issue for the Flyers. Cap Friendly indicates they have a projected $13 million in cap space with defenseman Travis Sanheim and goaltender Carter Hart to re-sign. Adding Jones’ $5.4 million cap hit for this season could be a tight squeeze.
Next month’s expansion draft will provide some measure of cap relief for the Flyers. Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli wondered if they could tempt the Seattle Kraken to take Jakub Voracek’s $8.25 million annual cap hit if they bundled him with a draft pick. He also noted some teams have expressed concern over the decline of Jones’ production over the last two seasons.
The Blue Jackets’ asking price could be a sticking point. The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Sam Carchidi speculated the Flyers could end up parting with several high draft picks plus Travis Sanheim or Philippe Myers as part of a package deal.
A chance to fill a leadership role could also factor into whether Jones signs a long-term extension with his new team. He might not get that opportunity with the Flyers. Current captain Claude Giroux could depart next summer as a free agent but Sean Couturier would likely take over that role.