Blue Jackets sign Seth Jones to $32.4 million, 6-year deal

FILE - In this March 13, 2016, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Seth Jones plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Seth Jones to a $32.4 million, six-year contract, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Seth Jones to a $32.4 million, six-year contract.

Jones will count $5.4 million against the salary cap through the 2020-21 NHL season. He was a pending restricted free agent.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen says reaching a long-term agreement with Jones was an offseason priority.

Agent Pat Brisson confirmed the terms of the contract, which includes a modified no-trade clause in years five and six.

Jones was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft to the Nashville Predators. The Blue Jackets acquired him in a January trade that sent center Ryan Johansen to Nashville.

In three NHL seasons, the 21-year-old Jones has 17 goals and 66 assists for 83 points. Kekalainen says Jones was just beginning to tap into his potential.