The Blackhawks organization announced Sunday that Seth Jones had a right thumb injury that would keep him out for weeks.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be without their top defenseman, Seth Jones, for the foreseeable future.
Jones suffered a right thumb injury and will miss 3-4 weeks, the team announced Sunday.
Head coach Luke Richardson said Jones suffered the injury while blocking a shot in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Jones, 28, has recorded four assists over eight games to start his second season with the Blackhawks. Chicago traded for Jones ahead of the 2021-22 season and signed him to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.
In 666 career games over parts of 10 seasons with the Nashville Predators (2013-16), Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-21) and Chicago, Jones has 341 points (70 goals, 271 assists) as well as 1,082 blocked shots and 340 takeaways. He was an NHL All-Star in the 2017-18 season.
Entering Sunday, he led the Blackhawks by averaging 25:14 of ice time per game. He also had four assists in eight games.
Losing Seth Jones obviously leaves a major void on the blue line. In his absence, Richardson said the Blackhawks will distribute the minutes evenly among defensemen.
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