Jones, Ekman-Larsson, Buchnevich among NHL players on the move after flurry of draft day trades

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Seth Jones is present with the Chicago Blackhawks and could go the organization’s cornerstone connected the bluish line.

Chicago acquired the prima defenceman from the Columbus Blue Jackets successful a blockbuster commercialized Friday conscionable earlier the NHL draught began.

The Blackhawks got Jones and the 32nd prime successful the draught and a 2022 sixth-rounder from the Blue Jackets for younger defenceman Adam Boqvist, the 12th and 44th picks successful the draught and a 2022 first-rounder.

FILE – In this May 3, 2021, record photo, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones plays against the Nashville Predators during an NHL hockey crippled successful Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File

Jones agreed to presumption connected a $76 million, eight-year hold that carries a $9.5 cardinal yearly wage headdress hit, according to a idiosyncratic with cognition of the deal. The idiosyncratic spoke to The Associated Press connected information of anonymity due to the fact that the hold cannot beryllium signed until adjacent week.

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The Blackhawks acquired Seth’s brother, Caleb, past week successful a commercialized that sent Duncan Keith to Edmonton. Caleb Jones could beryllium a portion of Chicago’s future, but Seth is expected to beryllium the No. 1 defenceman for yeras to come.

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Jones skated much than 25 minutes a crippled past play and recorded 28 points successful 56 games. He has 286 points successful 580 regular-season NHL games.

The commercialized was the 4th of the day, and Columbus besides acquired defenceman Jake Bean from Carolina for the 44th prime successful the draft.

The Arizona Coyotes pulled disconnected the different blockbuster Friday, sending skipper Oliver Ekman-Larsson and guardant Conor Garland to the Vancouver Canucks for the No. 9 selection, a 2022 second-round pick, 2023 seventh-rounder and 3 seasoned forwards.

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The St. Louis Blues besides acquired high-scoring guardant Pavel Buchnevich from the New York Rangers for Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick.

FILE – In this April 11, 2021, record photo, New York Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates with the puck during the 3rd play of an NHL hockey crippled against the New York Islanders successful Uniondale, N.Y. The Rangers continued their offseason makeover Friday, July 23, 2021, by trading fourth-leading scorer Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues for guardant Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File

Earlier successful the day, the Philadelphia Flyers traded the 14th prime and a 2023 second-rounder to the Buffalo Sabres for large defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen.

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“He’s a subordinate we’ve been looking astatine the past 3 years,” Flyers wide manager Chuck Fletcher said of Ristolainen. “He tin sprout the puck, helium tin skate, he’s large and strong.”

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While the Flyers paid a hefty terms for a sought-after subordinate successful Ristolainen who has 1 twelvemonth near connected his contract, the Canucks acquired a defenceman successful Ekman-Larsson who’s signed for six much years astatine a salary-cap deed of $8.25 million. Garland is simply a restricted escaped cause successful request of a caller deal, and Arizona had been buying him and Ekman-Larsson for immoderate time.

“(Ekman-Larsson) is simply a tremendous subordinate and person, and we privation him and Conor the champion of luck successful the future,” Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong said. “We are precise pleased to get the ninth wide draught prime successful this year’s NHL draught on with Loui, Antoine and Jay.”

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson pauses connected the crystal during NHL hockey signifier astatine Gila River Arena, Monday, July 13, 2020, successful Glendale, Ariz. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Arizona is retaining a information of Ekman-Larsson’s wage and took connected Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle and Loui Eriksson — each acceptable to beryllium escaped agents aft adjacent play — to adhd different draught pick. The Coyotes forfeited their first-round prime this year, 11th overall, for investigating players successful usurpation of NHL harvester policy.

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After a fistful of trades Thursday erstwhile the roster frost was lifted, Philadelphia and Buffalo kicked disconnected the question Friday with the commercialized of Ristolainen, who said helium “knew thing mightiness hap this offseason, this weekend.”

Not truthful overmuch for Buchnevich, who was 4th successful scoring for the Rangers and looked similar a portion of their young core. But caller president and wide manager Chris Drury dealt the 26-year-old to St. Louis to adhd a 2nd Stanley Cup champion successful a week aft trading for gritty guardant Barclay Goodrow, who won back-to-back with Tampa Bay.

On the signing front, the Boston Bruins locked up Taylor Hall with a $24 million, four-year contract. Hall volition number $6 cardinal against the wage headdress done the 2024-25 season. Buffalo dealt Hall to Boston astatine the commercialized deadline and helium acceptable successful perfectly arsenic a complementary guardant connected the 2nd line.

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Also, the Montreal Canadiens said goalie Carey Price had genu country and is expected to beryllium retired 10-12 weeks. The squad expects Price, who went unselected by Seattle successful the enlargement draught much due to the fact that of his declaration than his uncertain wounded status, to beryllium acceptable for the commencement of the regular play successful mid-October.

–With files from The Associated Press’ John Wawrow, Jay Cohen and Dan Gelston

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