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May 24, 2016 | 5:38pm ET
Jones contract talks ongoing

It's no secret the Columbus Blue Jackets want to get young star defenseman Seth Jones locked up to a multi-year contract extension, but negotiations have yet to pick up.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Jones' agent, Pat Brisson, have held preliminary discussions going back to April, but talks haven't picked up much steam since.

Brisson told TFP there's currently "not much going on" in regards to Jones' contract negotiations, which isn't overly surprising given how Kekalainen was overseas attending the World Championships.

Contract talks are expected to pick up in the next few weeks and could result in Jones securing a long-term deal, in the five-year range, worth around $6 million per season.

Jones is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 after his three-year, entry-level deal expires.

Last month, the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed defenseman Morgan Rielly to a five-year, $6 million contract extension. Rielly's agent, J.P. Barry, works with Brisson under CAA's hockey division, and his contract could be something Jones goes after.

The Blue Jackets acquired Jones from the Nashville Predators on January 6 in a one-for-one swap for center Ryan Johansen.

In 81 games with the Predators and Blue Jackets this season, Jones registered three goals and 28 assists for a career-high 31 points.

The 21-year-old was drafted fourth-overall by the Predators in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.


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