With NHL trade rumors going around that the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to add an elite defeceman, this all but confirms that Duncan Keith will not be back with the team this upcoming season.
Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal is reporting Caleb Jones could be a part of a deal to bring Duncan Keith to Edmonton. “I don’t believe the Oilers will protect Jones in the expansion draft. But no doubt they wouldn’t mind getting something “for” him rather than just lose him to Seattle for nothing.”
Leavins went on to say that he believes the Oilers were front-runners in the Duncan Keith stakes. While nothing is done, there are 2 North-Western teams who Keith would likely waive his no-trade clause for: Edmonton and the Seattle Kraken. But the Oilers appear to be the front runners.
The Blackhawks are looking to get a prospect back or a draft pick as they want to shed salary. It is likely Chicago will have to take a contract back (and then buy it out) in a Keith trade.
If the Oilers cannot work out a trade for Keith, they will look at free agent Ryan Murray or Calgary’s Mark Giordano.