Since making the Chicago Blackhawks roster in 2005, Duncan Keith has proven to be one of the best defensemen in the NHL in his prime and played a crucial part in Chicago winning 3 Stanley Cups. In late June, it was reported that Chicago was working on trading Keith and after 16 seasons with the team, Keith now has a new home. On Monday, Chicago traded Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers for Caleb Jones and a third-round pick. Keith has 2 years left on his contract.
In 54 games last season, Duncan Keith has 4 goals, 11 assists, and a plus-minus of -13. Despite age catching up to him and playing in less than 60 games for the first time since 2012-13, Duncan Keith can still add experience and veteran leadership to a locker room.
After getting swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs and having a young roster, Duncan Keith will add some veteran presence in the locker room and experience come playoff time to an inexperienced Oilers roster when it comes to the playoffs.
Over the past few years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been rebuilding and trading Duncan Keith is the right move for a rebuilding team, and acquiring a young defenseman in Caleb Jones who has NHL experience and a 3rd round pick will come a long way in a rebuild.
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