CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Blackhawks introduced Monday that they’ve agreed to commerce three-time Stanley Cup defenseman Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Blackhawks are additionally buying and selling ahead Tim Soderlund.
The Blackhawks confirmed experiences late Monday that they are going to get younger defenseman in Caleb Jones and a third spherical choose, and clear important cap area within the deal. Keith’s contract carries a cap hit of greater than $5.5 million every of the following two seasons, whereas Jones is on a $850,000 deal for 2021-22, and turns into a restricted free agent after that.
The transfer provides the Blackhawks rather more flexibility to hunt out youthful gamers in free company.
“Duncan Keith was the last word skilled with the Chicago Blackhawks,” Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and Common Supervisor, mentioned in a information launch. “His toughness on the ice, his management in the neighborhood and his dedication to the sport are a number of of the explanations the Blackhawks received three Stanley Cups throughout his 16-year profession with Chicago. He’ll go down as among the finest and most pushed defensemen this recreation has ever seen. Lately, Duncan got here to us with a request to be traded to a staff nearer to his son and we had been completely happy to work one thing out that was mutually useful for Duncan’s household and the way forward for the Blackhawks. We respect all he has contributed to our staff and the Metropolis of Chicago and his legacy will at all times be celebrated.”
Keith, 37, has performed his whole 16-year profession for the Blackhawks, and was a pivotal participant for the staff’s three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015.
A two-time Norris Trophy winner because the league’s finest defenseman (2010 and 2014), and the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as essentially the most priceless participant within the Stanley Cup playoffs, Keith has performed the second-most video games of all-time for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Keith has a full no-movement clause and two years left on his 12-year, $72 million contract, and reportedly was searching for a commerce to be nearer to his household in western Canada.
His departure is simply the most recent for key gamers from the latest Cup dynasty, together with goalie Corey Crawford, defenseman Brent Seabrook, and ahead Andrew Shaw, who’ve both retired or moved on to different groups.
Keith had 4 objectives and 11 assists and a minus-13 ranking in 54 video games for the Blackhawks final season.
Jones had 4 assists and a minus-7 ranking in 33 video games for the Oilers final season. His older brother, Seth Jones, is among the many high free brokers in the marketplace this offseason.