When Jonathan Toews returned to the ice on Wednesday morning, there was a brief glimmer of positivity for Blackhawks fans in an otherwise ugly month.
Then this dropped:
There are rumblings Chicago is working on a potential Duncan Keith trade to either the Pacific Northwest or Western Canada. Word is Keith and team are working together to get him to a place he wants to go. We will see where this goes.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 30, 2021
As we reported on Tuesday, Keith has a new agency representing him. Which is odd to say the least considering his age and contract status. But this is probably why.
Based on the geography of Friedman’s report, we’re looking at Seattle, Vancouver or perhaps Edmonton or Calgary. Edmonton and Vancouver have both been looking to improve their blue lines. Calgary has an unhappy superstar in Matthew Tkachuk.
And Seattle… doesn’t have a roster yet.
We’re exactly three weeks away from the Seattle expansion draft, however. And the 2021 NHL Draft follows a couple days later. So if the Blackhawks indeed make a stunning trade of one of — if not the — greatest defenseman in the organization’s storied history, it would likely happen before then.