Keith to be traded to Oilers by Blackhawks: report

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Duncan Keith will be traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Chicago Blackhawks for Caleb Jones and a draft pick, according to several reports Monday.

The defenseman, who turns 38 on Friday, has two seasons remaining on a 13-year contract he agreed to Dec. 3, 2009. He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He’s won the Norris Trophy voted as the top defenseman in the NHL twice (2010, 2014), and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the NHL Centennial season in 2017. His 1,192 games are second in Blackhawks history behind forward Stan Mikita (1,396).  

Keith scored 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 54 games this season. He has scored 625 points (105 goals, 520 assists) in 1,192 regular-season games, all with the Blackhawks, and 50 points (10 goals, 40 assists) in 82 NHL postseason games. He’s played in the NHL All-Star Game four times (2008, 2011, 2015, 2017) and helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Oilers (35-19-2) were second in the seven-team Scotia North Division this season but were swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup First Round, losing the final three games of the best-of-7 series in overtime. They signed pending unrestricted free agent forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to an eight-year, $41 million contract ($5.125 million average annual value) June 30.

Jones, a 24-year-old defenseman, had four assists in 33 games this season. He’s scored 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 93 NHL games, all for the Oilers. His brother is Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones.

Edmonton was tied for 11th in goals-against per game (2.75) with the Nashville Predators this season and allowed 116 goals at 5 on 5, which ranked 21st in the NHL.

The draft pick being traded to the Blackhawks reportedly is a third-round selection, though the year has not been specified.

Tweet from @FriedgeHNIC: Keith to CHI for Caleb Jones and a third. No salary retained.

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