Blackhawks Trade Duncan Keith to Edmonton for Caleb Jones

The trade nobody wanted to see happen has come. The Chicago Blackhawks have traded future Hall of Fame defenseman Duncan Keith (with forward Tim Soderlund) to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Caleb Jones and a conditional third-round pick. The Blackhawks will not retain any of Keith’s salary.

Jones, 24, was originally a fourth round pick (#117 overall) by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft. He recorded four assists in 33 games for the Oilers last year. Jones is listed at 6-1 and 194 pounds and is a left-handed shot. He averaged 13:34 per game for Edmonton.

Jones has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $850,000.

He is the younger brother of Columbus defenseman Seth Jones.

From the Blackhawks’ release:

“Duncan Keith was the ultimate professional with the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. “His toughness on the ice, his leadership in the community and his dedication to the game are a few of the reasons the Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups during his 16-year career with Chicago. He will go down as one of the best and most driven defensemen this game has ever seen. Recently, Duncan came to us with a request to be traded to a team closer to his son and we were happy to work something out that was mutually beneficial for Duncan’s family and the future of the Blackhawks. We appreciate all he has contributed to our team and the City of Chicago and his legacy will always be celebrated.”

“Caleb Jones is a smooth skating, versatile defenseman who brings a well-rounded game to the Blackhawks. Caleb transitions the puck nicely with his legs or through outlet passes,” added Bowman. “He brings some size to our group, and we believe his best hockey is in front of him. While he is still young, we see his 93 games of NHL experience as an asset to help our other young defensemen adjust to the NHL.”

53 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Duncan Keith to Edmonton for Caleb Jones

  • July 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    How in the world did Bowman pull that off ?? I am Good with this trade !!

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    If this trade is indeed without retaining any of Keith’s salary, then I rank this very highly a win for the Hawks, regardless of how Caleb Jones performs.

    This is a big step to allow development of our kid Dmen on the left side.

    Now De Haan.

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    No salary retainrd and Jones plus a 3rd pretty good. Now see if Seth comes too for a chance to play with his broyher.

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Rumour that maybe Keith will waive NMC for expansion and Seattle will take him. EDM is up against the cap in a big way and really in a pickle now.

    Gotta believe Holland has thought this through. Maybe he has a plan with Seattle already in place. Or maybe he simply screwed up. But something doesn’t smell right based on EDM situation with cap.

    Wow. Happiness at this end of the keyboard!

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    WOWZER … just WOWZER!!!!

    The unofficial/official report is no retention, but even if there is some retention – still the right move to make for the rebuild and for Duncs.

    Well done. Grins all around Hawksville … probably less to in Oilerville.

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Ss Oilers had 16 m in capspace this year and 37 next before this deal, not a big issue to them.

    Caleb Jones under rfa control after this year for next contract, so bodes well for extension for Seth Jones if brotherswNt to play together. Gotta wonder if Zadorov is still in the picture now.

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    trade good for 10 More wins ! FINALLY !

  • July 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    This was a solid step in our rebuild, made possible by the fact that Keith finally had enough (outside the rink) motivation to request a trade. I’ll never root for the Oilers to win a cup, but I’ll root for Keith to have a nice bounce back year..he deserves a chance to play some meaningful hockey during the last couple years of his career. As for the Hawks, the big news immediately becomes an open position on the left side, and 5.5 to play with..I’m still not interested in trading for Seth Jones, since I don’t think he’ll make this version of the Hawks much better than they were last year and I certainly wouldn’t want to move draft capital and/or young assets to acquire him when he’s a free agent next year..and I would let someone else overpay Dougie, where does that leave the blueline? Well, right now, this is how it looks for next year-


    Assuming that DeHaan is either drafted by Seattle or traded at this years TDL, then the next question becomes, is Zadorov worth re-signing? I guess a lot comes down to the contract itself..I also wonder if Keith being traded along with the fact that DeHaan will be moved out shortly, makes Zadorov more likely to be re-signed? Not a lot of experience on the blueline after Murphy if he isn’t..personally, I would be o.k. with re-signing Zadorov to a 3-4 year deal in hopes that he could be a bridge between now and the arrival of Beaudin,Vlasic, Regula, Kaiser, Krutil, etc with the caveat being that if they can’t sign him for less than 3.75 or so, then let him walk..but I also could be completely wrong, and now that Keith has been moved, the Hawks may plan on spending that entire cap space + on another will be interesting to see..

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Adam Larsson, Tyson Barrie, Dmitry Kulikov, Slater Koekoek all UFA on defense.
    Alex Chiasson, Tyler Ennis forwards and Mike Smith in net all UFA.

    A lot of those are a touch older and may be cut free I suppose. But that’s a lot of FA to resign when you just added almost $5m (subtracting Jones).

    And like most teams – a bunch of RFA guys.

    It may not be against the cap right now (as I stated), but Holland has some serious decisions to make regarding vets. Who does he expose on defense? Larsson?

    Many times are in similar position I suppose. But Holland got hurt by taking all of Keith’s cap hit.

    Our cap situation improved dramatically. And as I think it was Craig in the last thread said – the fear of overpaying for Seth Jones is high.

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    I fully understand Keith’s position of wanting to near family, his son in particular. So as much as this brings an end to an era, all I can say is thanks for the memories and the 3 Cups Duncan!

    I hope this doesn’t mean Stan trades a boatload for Seth or signs Dougie. If it’s truly a rebuild you just don’t go signing FA or trade future assets for a player.

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    If everything shakes out here, Bowman made a good trade. Hope that Keith gets to see his Son on a regular basis. And thanks again to a great Blackhawk.

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    SS, Klefbum likely staying on ltir, so your only looking at adding half a mill in caphit witj Jones salary deducted as well, not really all that significant.

    Whether Bowman stays or not, he has held his own on these type of deals. Good rsturn for Keith, moving Hossa’s caphit with Hino who was brought back for a career minor leaguer, plus getting Entwistle and a 5th that was moved to get Kubaliks rights. Hard to complain about those deals, even if some others turned sour.

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Ian – As usual you are on top of cap issues. I knew something didn’t seem right from the Holland perspective and it looks like you found it. So thanks for that.

    Agree that Bowman has done well in recent trades.

    Hoping he doesn’t mess up with Hamilton at all – or Jones. I don’t like his apparent eagerness to get Jones… We just aren’t close enough yet for paying what he is likely to pay to acquire him.

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    If there are no more moves, what 3 Ds are protected?

    Jones? (Why get him if you don’t protect him ($ 0.85M) and bait for Seth.

    That leaves DeHaan and Zadorov exposed. More Cap opens if Kraken take Connolly ($ 3.5), DeHaan ($ 4.55) or Z ($ ???). They might take Kampf ($ 1M) if no changes.

    Not happy if they use Keith’s $ to sign Z.

  • July 12, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Good for the Hawks and good for Keith

  • July 12, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Let Zadorov go, he showed nothing worthy of a contract over 3 mil…..even 3 mil is a stretch for his play. And hopefully SEA takes Dehann….only 9 days til expansion draft !

  • July 12, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    one step at a time and this was a great one. 24/25 minutes per game of ice time for developing d-men was just created and big cap money saved as well. please don’t take two steps backwards by signing zadorov.

    i would be fine with beaudin & mitchell playing the entire year in rockford and skating big minutes in all situations. if need be sign one or two veteran free agent d-men to one year contracts. just pass on zadorov.

  • July 12, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    All the best to Duncs – as someone else said he deserves to play some meaningful hockey in his waning years – I’ll be rooting for him but this is a great move for the Hawks

    Not sure why people are down on a Seth Jones trade as long as he signs long term – he’s regularly been in the Norris convo and although he had a somewhat down year in CBL that team was a hot mess – wherever he goes he’s almost certain to be back in the Norris conversation – the cost obviously is the key – I’d prefer not to lose Boquist but any of the other young D I’d be fine with

    Have to think that getting Caleb is part of their Seth strategy

    I agree with whoever said they were OK with signing Z for less than 4 on a 3 or so year deal – Z still has room to grow and the Hawks can live with the growing pains for another year or so – he separates players from the puck better than any Hawk not named Murphy and limits zone entries quite well – his passing needs to improve but that can happen

    This defense looks a much improved defense over last year

    S Jones Murphy
    Z. Stillman
    Kalynuk/C Jones Boquist

    Not necessarily with those parings

    I don’t see C Jones being protected unless they move on from Z – any deal for S Jones won’t likely happen until after expansion draft so if Caleb is still a Hawk there is a strong incentive to sign in CHI

  • July 12, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Very nice trade for the Keith and The Hawks …
    Now they have a third round pick with 2 second round pick …enough to make a trade to move up or or get another late first round pick .
    With that trade the Hawks just move a few pieces of their puzzle at the good place.
    So now we know that the Hawks are really getting involve on many fronts.
    Not sure but I think that there is a few more move coming in the next weeks.
    Hawks will have money to get a big Dman or ?

  • July 12, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    This is a nice beginning. Now let’s get Strome,Zadorov, Dehaan, Carpenter, ready to move. Lots of work to be done.

  • July 12, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    I’ll have to give kudos to StanBo for granting Keith’s wishes and getting what he could for him. It will be interesting to see how this team proceeds forward.

  • July 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Makeover for our Hawks on the way.

    We now have $ 10.8 M in CAP for this year; over $ 40 M for 2022 and in 2023 only Riley and Seabrook’s contracts ($ 73M CAP available).

    Spend wisely and we are in business very soon.

  • July 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Credit to Bowman! Let’s see what he does with the cash. I’m not completely sold on Seth Jones as a #1 defender.

  • July 12, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    @hawks2010..the 3rd rounder is for 2022..but glass half full, early word is that the 2022 draft is deeper than this years and the Hawks should be able to better evaluate next year’s group of prospects with everyone hopefully playing full seasons in juniors..if nothing changes, the Hawks will have 3 picks in the 3rd round next year..definitely gives them the option to bundle and move up, or take a cluster of prospects at once if they have similar grades on a handful of players..

    @timw..agreed..lots of work still to do..I’ve been wondering if Strome and Carpenter might look more attractive if they’re bundled together at this years trade deadline..together, they could make an interesting addition to a playoff team looking to add some center depth..anyhoo, as much as I’ve defended Strome, the fact is, I don’t think the Hawks are really interested in keeping him any longer-so if that is the case, then how do you maximize his return? I think that might be a route worth exploring..

    @ian..agreed regarding Stan..beginning with last year’s trade deadline..Janmark for a 2nd and 3r.. Gaudette for Highmore was a small move that has some sneaky upside..Borgstrom, Connolly and Stillman for the two Lucas’s..Stan’s last few moves have been Keith and Soderlund for Jones and a 3rd..maybe the pressure is off Stan because this team isn’t really supposed to win right now, or maybe it’s just easier when you’re the one selling rather than overpaying..regardless, his last 4-5 trades have been solid..let’s hope it continues..

  • July 12, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Root for Oiler success and Keith stays healthy, as the conditional 2022 3rd rounder could be elevated to a 2nd in a strong draft class.

  • July 12, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    That 3rd pick in 2022 becomes a 2nd IF Oliers win 3 rounds in 2022 and Keith is top 4 in TOI for Edm in those 3 rounds

    Not that likely to happen admittedly but you gotta figure McDavid’s team will breakthrough sometime maybe it’s next year

  • July 12, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    No salary retention – check.
    Prospect in return – check.
    Draft pick in return – check.

    Bowman to Holland – “checkmate”.

  • July 12, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Sad day. Good luck to dk.
    Solid deal by bowman here.

  • July 12, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Wrap if Caleb Jones is to bring Seth Jones in and extend, be pretty risky leaving unprotected. Somebody could swing a deal with Seattle to take him and then give up a decent prospect to get him thenselves to land Seth.

    Powers reporting that Blackhawks may be 8n on Fleury as well.

  • July 12, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    The older half of the dynasty core is retied/or going to be couple yrs.


    Funny that they all/most did it this yr.

    We always knew that 19 88 would 10 more yrs then these guys.

  • July 12, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Ian – you make a good point about Jones being on the protected list if In fact that’s important in getting Seth to sign in CHI

    I guess we’ll have a good idea of where the Hawks are with S Jones if they do put brother Caleb on the protected list – something to look for July 21 when lists come out

    As for MAF – if there’s a good enough sweetener coming from Vegas then this makes sense to me – not only for the sweetener (prospect draft pick) but also to mentor Lank for most of the year and then to reap another asset at TDL

  • July 13, 2021 at 3:29 am

    Is Peter Chiarelli still running the Oilers? This trade wreaks of Chiarelli. Ken Holland – what were you thinking?

    The guy that I want is Tyson Barrie! Now, that Keith is off the PP, and every critical situation, we need a younger replacement who won’t impede the development of Kalynuk, Beaudin, and Boqvist.

    I hope the Krackers take DeHaan or Zadorov. If they take DeHaan, let Zadarov walk. If they take Zadarov, keep DeHaan and let him play until he gets hurt again. I like DeHaan, but that guy has his own wing at Northwestern Memorial.

    I am now convinced that we will trade for Seth Jones. I know that will be a big get for Stan, but I think he will have to part with Kubalik to get him, plus picks.

    I’m just glad that Keith is gone, he was killing us with his mistakes last year, trying to do too much and not adjusting his game to his age. He should have been playing 15 mins a night, not 23. Maybe, that’s on Colliton, but Keith killed us in so many games down the stretch. Good luck in EDM or SEA, because I think he is going to be left unprotected.

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:37 am

    YEs Bowman has done very good overall not without mistakes though lots and lots of good moves and made the roght moves not keeping Buff Nemo and others in keeping the right players from that loaded team to be able to have a dynasty really 4 Cups in 6 yrs no other GM will do that again. Unless they get rid of the salary cap and you can buy it like Yankees or Red Wings did.

    Whether Bowman stays or not, he has held his own on these type of deals. Good rsturn for Keith, moving Hossa’s caphit with Hino who was brought back for a career minor leaguer, plus getting Entwistle and a 5th that was moved to get Kubaliks rights. Hard to complain about those deals, even if some others turned sour.

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:41 am

    Think the thing is now is does Bowman do waht we need for the rebuild adding to elite to pair Defensemen at some point in next 36 mths. It doesnt make a difference when we do just taht we do.

    What happens if we donot ad top pair defensemen we donot become a top 5 team again. So why should it matter if only one elite player doesnt make the roster that much better then last yr. Its abou adding two and several hardnose GFW players to go with the young wvae.

    Reload with the kind of players Tim/others talk about and tha include two top pair guys. Thats what 2 7 caphits are for the next two top pair guys. Full circle.

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:50 am

    Question then is if Jones isint the top ufa top pair Defensmen then who is or who are the top 5 in next 36 mhs taht will be ufas.

    It doesnt matter when just that we add two or we cant win without a top pair. Pair means two.

    Whos the top ufa top pair guys and in order of who you guys like/is better.

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Wrap, if some team upsets VEG then EDM could be there for COL/central but once COL learns how to play in playoffs they should be the next top team. With STL NAS on the low theres not as many top teams in league now. Like 5 compared to 10 last decade. Easier for EDM or MTL to slip through if path is right.

    MTL wont be playing an offisevie TOR and WIN in 2nd rounds anymore. They will play ISL or BOS in 2nd round and TB in 3rd every yr so thats not happening again. Not until BOS ISL TB get older and arnt as good/just like NAS STL did.

  • July 13, 2021 at 6:00 am

    2013 2nd round DET CHI even 1 games to 3 and refs letting the get away with hooks holds and interference the whole 7 games and a waived off good goal for our guy getting skated kick in head by that flatlander/what a douchee.

    That was the end of the Red Wings. And time for our dynasty that was under the salary cap not bought.


  • July 13, 2021 at 6:02 am

    This makes sense after we tried to get those two goalies a yr ago.

    Powers reporting that Blackhawks may be 8n on Fleury as well.

  • July 13, 2021 at 6:18 am

    Mo i like OEL but cost is a big issue there.

    Wrap with Fleury and Lank 7.8m
    Defense with Seabrooks hit needed to be counted, Jones added 21.9m m 7d one more needed after ltir.

    Forwards with Strome and Carpenter moved, 41.35m with 5 spots open for rfas or players, with Shaw included in cap then, 9F counted. Plus 1.8m for retained salary and bonus overages.

    That comes to 72.85m, or roughly 9.6m to sign rfa forwards and fill out forward group. Meaning Strome or Zadorov/ Dehaan go to Seattle likely, maybe deal swung to pick a certain player and take pressure off there as well.

  • July 13, 2021 at 7:15 am

    lmao when did getting a brother help out….see seabroke n towes brothers

  • July 13, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Well at least Bowman learned from the Hayes Brothers miscues../ treated on brother poorly- The better brother said –F you

    Now – SB- will give Caleb a shot- is this to reel in Seth? We shall see.
    Good deal for Keith and Hawks

  • July 13, 2021 at 9:04 am

    We got the wrong Jones. Anyway good trade on paper (money) DUNK was not happy and to me it seemed his defensive skill set and knowledge and talent was not transferring to our younger d-dudes. Not sure why? I think he might be going to a team that will bring him on after this year as a coach or defensive specialist. DUNK is just too smart! Hardest working HAWK in history, some worked as hard but none harder or smarter. Paired with the bulk of Seabrook they both for a long time where a lock down pairing, lots of minutes. Not sure what Hawk Defensive pairing was this good, solid every night? Magnuson and White? 1976?

    Thanks DUNK and a shout out to Chris Chelios my second runner up!

  • July 13, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Because Keith wanted to leave I’m ok with this. I was hoping my favorite hawk would play his entire career here. I recall reading that the price for Seth Jones would involve Dach….that better not be true, but this obviously makes the chances of landing S. Jones more realistic. Any idea what a trade will involve? Our first round pick and a good prospect? Etc?

  • July 13, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Keith was and is a real Hawks for life .
    moving for himself and his family was good for the Hawks who receive a young Reliable Dman who can improve big time with the young wave , plus we receive a third round pick ( forget about Oilers reaching the final next year …they need many top notch players to go to Final .
    So Hawks will have 5 top 90 draft pick next year…that’s really good .
    So Keith is still helping the Hawks on his way out of Chicago ( plus the cap money to maybe sign a big younger player)
    Thank you Dunk for everything you did and for what you’re doing now for your Team .my favourite Dman ever.this guy have a Hawks tattoo on his heart.

  • July 13, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Pucklogic……I would add these to your list:

    Open up a another protected player slot – check
    Open a slot for the next generation D Man – check
    Draft pick has potential to move up to 2nd round – check

    Happy for Dunc, thanks for the memories! Always a class act and a quite “lead by example” player. He will be missed.

  • July 13, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Personally I am sad to see Duncs go, but happy he was able to do it more or less on his terms and I hope he is happier being able to spend more time with his son.

    That said, I am very excited that the Hawks have some cap space but I am hopeful that the team is able to make more roster space for their kids. There should be some roster space for the kids to play.

    Honestly I am surprised the Oilers didn’t try to trade for someone like Keith for a while now. That team needs someone like a Hossa/Keith to show what it means to play playoff hockey. Getting a better coach to change the culture there might have been a better move for them, but hey, you can’t have everything right?

  • July 13, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Tampa DMen
    6’6″ 229
    6’3″ 233
    6’2″ 229
    6’2″ 227
    6’2″ 217
    6’1″ 214
    6’3″ 209
    6’2″ 204
    Montreal DMen
    6’4″ 230
    6’3″ 225
    6’3″ 201
    6’0″ 208
    6’3″ 195
    6’0″ 197
    6’2″ 190
    Hawks top 8 in the system
    Z 6’6″ 233
    Murphy 6’4″ 212
    Regula 6’4″ 203
    Stillman 6’1″ 196
    CDH 6’1″ 195 probably gone
    Jones 6’1″ 194
    Phillips 6’2″ 193
    Kalyunk 6’1″ 175

    Others: Lindholm, Krys, Boq, Mitch, Beau all 5’11”
    191, 183, 179, 175, 172.

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Bluto, not agasint you

    But that brother who choose to tuck tail and run to maoney and garenteed playing time had the Stanley Cup say F you to him. He will regret that for the rest of his life to choose money and ego over the Cup. I do understand the brother thing but you can do that later/time place. That will haunt him and prob keep from winning a Cup just because.

  • July 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Knuckle, yea Dunks is a Scottish warrior. He beat TB in that game 6.

    TB couldnt touch Dunks and the Blackhawks when we had a deep team. Now no team can touch them but they donot have anywhere near as many top 5 teams to play agaisnt as we did. Major difference.

    Miro, same.

  • July 14, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Tommy Ivan,
    Spot on, -on your opinion.

  • July 14, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    …Bowman was the smartest person in the room on Monday.

  • July 14, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Tommy Ivan and Billy Reay…Old Time Hockey, with Toe Blake, Eddie Shore, and Punch Imlach…It’s not the hair on your head that matters. …

    But the real question is…”…who own da Chiefs?”.

  • July 16, 2021 at 3:47 am

    …who owe the Chiefs…….ownnnsss. ownnnnnsssss

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