Duncan Keith On The Trade Block?

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:

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.

26 thoughts on “Duncan Keith On The Trade Block?

  • June 30, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Maybe Winnipeg….

  • June 30, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    You’d think he’d want to go to a contender. There aren’t any in that area. Maybe wants to finish his career in his hometown so Hawks2010 could be right.

  • June 30, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Wasn’t sure it would happen but why stop at shipping Keith?

  • June 30, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Tony L – I doubt he’s the only one they’ll try and move. Amy suggestions?

  • June 30, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Keith will go where and when he wants. He will get money from the Hawks as a settlement/buyout and go where ever he wishes. The Jets might want the hometown boy he could be paired with Stanley or Pionk and be a steady influence to the others. Not sure if there’s anything we can get in return, but who knows.

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    How about a trade with Calgary with the principal pieces being Keith and the #11 pick to Calgary and Tkachuk and Lucic to the Hawks. Supposedly Tkachuk is unhappy in Calgary and Lucic would be a cap dump for Calgary. The Hawks would probably have to add – maybe Kubalik (?) Tkachuk’s cap hit is $7M and he’s RFA next summer so not sure is the financials work … but … Tkachuk (at 23 years old) would be a key long term top-6 winger for the rebuild.

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Murphy Boqvist/Beaudin
    Montour Stillman
    Oleksiak Kalynuk

    Ebony, don’t think we can give up an 11th pick. Flipping 11 for 12 is nothing much. So Keith with a lot more would be needed. A 2nd and 4th Strome Nylander Kurashev.

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Opening up a roster spot and freeing up same cap for Jones/Hamilton by trading Keith and then adding Tzachuk as well feels too good to be true

    Keith perhaps wants to be close to family to help with raising his kid(s)?

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Ian – so far in the final Danault doesn’t even look like a $5 mil/yr player never mind a $6

    He’s been outplayed by Yanni Gourde

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Tkachuk on a $7m per right now and we want to take on Lucic at $6m, and for an extra year? I don’t like it. Lucic alone should be worth a 1st rounder to take on.

    I like what Tkachuk can bring offensively, but where is his heart? He obviously doesn’t lack ego. I don’t know – taking someone else’s problem is just asking for your own problems. And to lose him after one year seems worthless to give up any assets other than Keith, let alone a picks and three players. Sign him for $5.5m for 5 years and maybe we got a basis for a conversation.

    I’m not a buyer of the trades I see so far. And I hope Bowman isn’t either.

    I think there are gonna be some surprised people to find out that at this stage in Keith’s career, he just isn’t worth near as much as you hope. Our biggest gain by moving him is opening a left side spot to grow a kid, and clear some space.

    I don’t like Hamilton at all. Jones can’t come here without an extension. We can wait to get a top pair guy and suffer through another growth year. Then add.

    Who wants to come here? Why would they want to come here? Wanna spend the next three years hoping you can grow into a playoff team that can make it out of the first round? Chicago is your destination!!

    Not a great sales pitch.

    Move Keith for whatever you can get. A couple wood sticks and a bag of practice pucks would help the team too. Keith for Lucic and their number 1 this year – now we are talking!!

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Get that bag of 2 pucks for him ASAP!

  • July 1, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I wouldn’t give up the 11th pick for one year of Tkachuk, especially when the Hawks will not be good enough to be a legit Cup contender next season. No, the trade for Tkachuk would need to be a sign and trade deal where Calgary can off him the max 8 year deal and then trade him to the Hawks, which would give the Hawks 9 years of Tkachuk (to age 32).

    Tkachuk was a #6 pick and he has lived up to it and it just entering his peak years. The player we get at #11 will probably not be ready to play for a couple years and may never be as good as Tkachuk. I would trade the #11 pick for Tkachuk in an instant.

  • July 1, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Tkachuck without an extension is no better than Jones without an extension. Get an extension for either of those guys, and we can talk. Otherwise – move along.

    And I agree with the 11th for Tkachuk, when he has an extension. Flat cap for 3-5 years means he needs to be reasonable. We still have a top pair to pay, and a goalie. No time to bury ourselves back into cap hell.

    I just don’t see any young free agent wanting to be in Chicago. Likely 3 years away from contending for respect in the playoffs. Just don’t see it getting fast tracked unless we get really lucky with a couple of players, and get defensively rich somehow.

    Very fluid setup for the Hawks.

  • July 1, 2021 at 1:52 am

    As much as I like Murphy (and I really do), now may be the time to move him for something really nice. A young, controllable almost can’t miss type Dman or scorer. Murphy is entering his prime and really won’t do much more than stabilize a PK and a top pair, and then be ready to move on. Probably one of our top 3 movable players. His leadership would be more important if/when Keith moves on too, so there is that.

  • July 1, 2021 at 7:17 am

    The way this organization is heading you might as well just try to get rid of any viable assets that are left standing including Toews and Kane. Who wants to play for this dumpster fire of a team?? Set them free. This team has the RMS Titanic written all over it.

  • July 1, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Imagine adding Tzachuk with a reasonable extension and Jones with an extension plus Toews is back others as well like Dach Nylander plus another year for youngsters Hagel Boquist Lankinen plus Reichel comes in then this team is a lot better this coming year

    Not cup contenders but a playoff team

  • July 1, 2021 at 8:54 am

    For what it’s worth, Keith will want to go where:
    1. His children are. I believe that is the Vancouver / Seattle area. He and Seabrook have homes on the same lake out there already, I am told.
    2. He can play for a good team and not some house league coach that runs his top players into the ground with no clue how to run a defense or a team.
    3. There isn’t the level of crime, taxes and other crap that makes Chicago a place people want to (and are) get away from.

  • July 1, 2021 at 11:33 am

    no one has mentioned the scandal in regards to the rebuild. if i am a free agent i am not signing with the hawks until that issue is settled with the league. the penalty could involve forfeiting multiple #1 picks. if so this long rebuild will be severely longer. and result in baby bowman having to stay around because no one of credibility would want to step into this mess. talk about abysmal management crushing it’s own entity.

  • July 1, 2021 at 11:40 am

    The fact we’re even talking about Keith moving on is because he’s disgusted with the organization (i.e. Bowman) and has no respect for the youth pastor coach. Being close to his son and all is a nice alternative to dealing with the current situation. Trust me, if there was a good coach and a roster plan that had any…well, plan to it, DK would be more than happy to reduce his minutes and coach up the new guys.

    If he does go, anything we get for him won’t be enough or fill the void…

  • July 1, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Very concerned that Stan is going to get fleeced again by Jarmo K. Of Columbus in a Seth Jones trade.

    Jarmo beat him on both Saad deals then Sakic schooled Stan on the Saad deal for good measure. Hard to believe that one GM (Bowman) got beat on 3 trades involving the exact same player =Saad.

    Add to that the immense heat Stan is rightfully getting for the sexual abuse scandal and there is no way he wins a Seth Jones deal. None.

    The Hawks finally announced they are “rebuilding “ before this past season and now they are going to gut the plan and send maybe as many 3 or 4 young assets to Columbus for Jones. Yikes.

    New plan every off-season.

  • July 1, 2021 at 7:53 pm


    July 1, 2021 at 1:47 am
    Tkachuck without an extension is no better than Jones without an extension. Get an extension for either of those guys, and we can talk. Otherwise – move along.

  • July 1, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Saying on twitter Oilers front runners for Keith for what its worth.

  • July 2, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Just like Vegas, I think Seattle will field an excellent team. My guess is that Keith goes to Seattle. Vancouver has cap issues, and Calgary wants to rebuild. The Hawks will probably trade a young player to Seattle if they select Keith, again my guess would be Kurashev as he is expendable with Reichel and Nylander coming back. I don’t think the Hawks have the ammo to trade for both Tkachuk and Jones. I do think he gets Jones, but get fleeced in the process. He is of course Jarmo’s bitch-boy! Just my take!

  • July 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Send Keith to Oilers. Would take Kassian with Lucic’s $750,000 and Sekera’s $1.5 instead of James “the Real Deal” Neal. The Oilers would be saving $3mil instead of $450k

  • July 7, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Keith still has a lot of jump ! A real Physical Specimen ,but he is Western Canadian ! Eventually the #2 will hang high at The U.C. , I see him going to Seattle so they can build on that Jump and teach some of those youngsters how to play D ! Pops 4

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