Don’t bet on the Canucks but are the Kraken going to trade for the Blackhawks’ captain? Or maybe the Oilers?
Chicago Blackhawks captain Duncan Keith could be suiting up for a new team next fall, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
According to Friedman, Keith has been working with the Blackhawks to set up a trade to a team in either the Pacific Northwest or Western Canada.
Such a list would include the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Kraken, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. And perhaps the Winnipeg Jets, but given a particular item suggested to Postmedia by a source, it seems likely the Jets are too far east.
According to the source, Keith’s desire is to play for a team closer to his eight-year-old son, who lives in Penticton with his mom, Keith’s ex-wife.
Another source told Postmedia that, as it stands, the Canucks are not believed to be a team interested in trading for Keith, though of course they do have a hole on the left side of their defence. Their cap situation remains very tight and they seem inclined toward re-signing Alex Edler to fill the left-D hole.
Keith has two years left on his contract, which carries a cap hit of $5.38 million per season, but is owed just $3.6 million in actual salary over those remaining two seasons.
The Oilers have cap space to work with, as do the Kraken, of course. And both are relatively short flights from Penticton.
The Flames seem unlikely, given how tight their cap situation is.
Keith, who turns 38 in just over two weeks, was born in Winnipeg but grew up in the Okanagan, playing minor and junior hockey in Penticton and Kelowna.