Even moreso, the trade allows the Wild to use the once occupied roster spot by Niklas Backstrom. The wasted roster spot on a player that wasn't playing is an underrated factor when making call-ups and keeping enough depth at the NHL level for injury or relief starts for other players. Though Jones' $4 million cap hit doesn't allow a ton of flexibility, the Wild now have a contract they can play with, rather than dealing with a No-Move Clause.
All-in-all, this move isn't going to one that "wows" anyone. And most moves for depth players won't have a "wow" factor. However, getting rid of Backstrom's contract and opening up that roster spot and adding a player that can help an otherwise struggling 4th line, that should mean John Torchetti can roll four lines in all situations as the Wild makes a run to make the playoffs.