COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets took care of one of their biggest offseason priorities by signing defenseman Seth Jones to a $32.4 million, six-year contract.Jones, a pending restricted free agent, will count $5.4 million against the salary cap through the 2020-21 NHL season.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.General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Jones is a huge part of the young core that we believe in.Acquiring Seth Jones was very important to our organization and reaching a long-term agreement with him to remain a Blue Jacket was a priority, Kekalainen said.At 21, Seth is just beginning to tap into his potential as a player. He has everything you look for in a defenseman and is going to be a very important player and leader on our team for many years.In three NHL seasons, Jones has 17 goals and 66 assists for 83 points. Last season he led Columbus defensemen with 31 points despite playing just 41 games with the team after the trade.Jones couldve signed an offer sheet with another team Friday, and the cap-strapped Blue Jackets very likely would have matched. This way, they got the deal done on their terms.The Arlington, Texas, native and son of former NBA player Popeye Jones said he never entertained thoughts of joining another team.I really like the way the teams going, Jones said at a news conference Wednesday. I really did want to stay here and get something done.A right-handed shooting defenseman, Jones was a luxury for the Predators, who already had a strong blue line with Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis and on Wednesday acquired P.K. 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