The Blackhawks will ask veteran defenseman Duncan Keith if he wants to be traded prior to the NHL’s Feb. 25 trade deadline, according to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun.
Keith, 35, has one goal and 20 assists in 51 games this season while playing top-line minutes on Chicago’s blue line. After this season, the three-time Stanley Cup winner and two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenseman will have four years remaining on his 13-year contract that carries a $5.53 million annual salary cap hit with a no-movement clause, according to CapFriendly. In order for Keith to be traded, he’ll have to waive his NMC.
“I find it hard to believe that Duncan Keith would switch teams, but I will tell you this — the Hawks will go to him right before the trade deadline and say, ‘what do you want to do?’ He has a full no-trade clause. Four more years on his deal at $5 and half million,” LeBrun said Thursday night on TSN’s ‘Insider Trading.’
Keith has 564 points (93 goals, 471 assists) in 1,046 career games with the Blackhawks since being drafted 54th overall in the second round of the 2002 NHL draft. He has played a key role in turning around the Blackhawks franchise and winning three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013 and 2015, including claiming the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs during the most recent Cup run.