Blackhawks are trading Duncan Keith to Oilers: report

Jul 12 2021, 6:16 pm

They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and right now there’s a whole lot of smoke pluming from Rogers Place — figuratively, of course.

According to a pair of reports from two of hockey’s most trusted insiders, TSN’s Darren Dreger and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks are close to a trade involving Duncan Keith.

Hockey insider Frank Seravalli, formerly of TSN and now with Daily Faceoff, is taking it one step further. He says the deal will be completed, and it involves Caleb Jones and a mid-round pick going to Edmonton.

The former Norris Trophy winner’s name has been in rumours since June 30, when it was reported that he was on the trade block. Keith, who has a full no-movement clause in his contract, is said to welcome a trade to play with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

At age 37, Keith’s best days are behind him, though he is still an effective defenceman. Keith scored 15 points in 54 games, and played 23:25 per game with Chicago last season. The Winnipeg-born blueliner has played all 16 of his NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, and has two years remaining on a 13-year contract, which carries a $5.538 million cap hit.

*Update: the deal is now official. Duncan Keith and Tim Soderlund are headed to Edmonton in exchange for Caleb Jones and a conditional draft pick in 2022.

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