CHICAGO – One of the main members of the Blackhawks core during their dynasty of the 2010s will play somewhere else for the first time in his 16-year career.
On Monday night, the Blackhawks confirmed the numerous reports that had been floating around all day: Defenseman Duncan Keith was traded to the Oilers with forward Tim Soderlund in exchange for defenseman Caleb Jones and a 2022 third round pick.
This selection could become a second round pick if Edmonton wins three rounds in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs and Keith is in the top four of Oilers’ defenseman in ice time during the postseason up to that point.
Per numerous reports, the Oilers will take on Keith’s salary and $5.5 million cap hit the next two seasons.
The trade, which Keith had pushed for, gets him closer to family in British Columbia, including his eight-year-old son Colton.
A second round pick of the Blackhawks in 2002, Keith has been a foundational piece to arguably the most successful era in the history of the franchise during his 16 seasons in Chicago. He’s a three-time All-Star, twice the winner of the Norris Trophy (2010, 2014) for best defenseman in the NHL, and helped the team to three Stanley Cup titles.
In the last of those in 2014-2015, Keith was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. In 23 games that year in the postseason, the defenseman had an NHL-high 18 assists along with three goals, the last of which was the winner in the title-clinching Game 6 win over the Lightning at the United Center on June 15, 2015.
Jones just completed his third season with the Oilers and has played in 93 games in Edmonton in that time. He appeared in 33 games during the shortened 2021 season, seeing an average of 13:36 minutes per game and picking up four assists. Jones was a fourth round pick of the Oilers in 2015.