Blackhawks considering trading Duncan Keith, per report

Duncan Keith has played his entire NHL career to date with the Blackhawks. | AP PhotosThe Hawks and the longtime veteran defenseman are working on a trade to send Keith closer to home in Western Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday. The Blackhawks are considering a trade involving veteran defenseman Duncan Keith, per a report Wednesday. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted the Hawks and Keith, who has a no-movement clause on his contract that allows him to control or veto any trade, are looking to move him to a team in the “Pacific Northwest or Western Canada.” “Word is Keith and team are working together to get him to a place he wants to go,” Friedman added. “We will see where this goes.” There are rumblings Chicago is working on a potential Duncan Keith trade to either the Pacific Northwest or Western Canada. Word is Keith and team are working together to get him to a place he wants to go. We will see where this goes.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 30, 2021 Keith, who turns 38 on July 16, has spent his entire 1,192-game NHL career with the Hawks, establishing himself as a core defenseman since before the Stanley Cup era. But his increasing age has taken a toll on his performance in recent seasons, even as he’s continued to play big minutes and mentor young defensemen like Ian Mitchell and Adam Boqvist. A possible trade — never previously considered possible because Keith never wanted to leave Chicago — would make sense for several reasons. Keith grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and lives in the offseason in Penticton, British Columbia. His now-8-year-old son stayed in Penticton — along with much of the rest of Keith’s family — this past season after Keith helped coach his youth team last fall. As his career winds down, he may want to play closer to home. The Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets and expansion Kraken are all possibilities. From the Hawks’ standpoint, moving Keith would open up a protection spot for the Kraken expansion draft, allowing the Hawks to protect Connor Murphy, Nikita Zadorov and Riley Stillman instead of Murphy and one of the other two. A trade would also remove Keith’s roughly $5.5 million cap hit (with two years left on his contract), freeing more cap space to potentially acquire Seth Jones or sign Dougie Hamilton later this summer.

Blackhawks considering trading Duncan Keith, per report
Duncan Keith has played his entire NHL career to date with the Blackhawks. | AP Photos

The Hawks and the longtime veteran defenseman are working on a trade to send Keith closer to home in Western Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday.

The Blackhawks are considering a trade involving veteran defenseman Duncan Keith, per a report Wednesday.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted the Hawks and Keith, who has a no-movement clause on his contract that allows him to control or veto any trade, are looking to move him to a team in the “Pacific Northwest or Western Canada.”

“Word is Keith and team are working together to get him to a place he wants to go,” Friedman added. “We will see where this goes.”

Keith, who turns 38 on July 16, has spent his entire 1,192-game NHL career with the Hawks, establishing himself as a core defenseman since before the Stanley Cup era.

But his increasing age has taken a toll on his performance in recent seasons, even as he’s continued to play big minutes and mentor young defensemen like Ian Mitchell and Adam Boqvist.

A possible trade — never previously considered possible because Keith never wanted to leave Chicago — would make sense for several reasons.

Keith grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and lives in the offseason in Penticton, British Columbia. His now-8-year-old son stayed in Penticton — along with much of the rest of Keith’s family — this past season after Keith helped coach his youth team last fall.

As his career winds down, he may want to play closer to home. The Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Jets and expansion Kraken are all possibilities.

From the Hawks’ standpoint, moving Keith would open up a protection spot for the Kraken expansion draft, allowing the Hawks to protect Connor Murphy, Nikita Zadorov and Riley Stillman instead of Murphy and one of the other two.

A trade would also remove Keith’s roughly $5.5 million cap hit (with two years left on his contract), freeing more cap space to potentially acquire Seth Jones or sign Dougie Hamilton later this summer.