The Chicago Blackhawks are having a rough go of it lately, and their superstar defenseman may be the next to go if the return is right. There are some interesting potential destinations.
There have been some rumors surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks and their top defenseman, Duncan Keith. There are people who believe that the Blackhawks will talk to Keith about waving his no-move clause and talk about a trade. This is purely a rumor but there has to be some kind of merit to it based on some of the discussions.
Keith has been a very good player for the Blackhawks. He has won the Norris Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs and of course three Stanley Cups. Keith was truly the best defenseman in the National Hockey League for half a decade. He was the epitome of a number one guy on a championship team. The NHL named him one of the “100 Greatest Players in League History” for a reason.
Keith has a team friendly deal and even though he might not be that dominant Norris type guy anymore, he would provide tremendous depth for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations. He has also shown that his game can get even better once the postseason rolls around. A team would really benefit from adding a guy like Keith, who has been there and done that.
There are plenty of teams who are very good and expect to go on deep playoff runs this spring, and adding Keith might make someone a very lucky team as he can be that missing piece. In Chicago, he is still relied on as the number one guy where if he could go to a team where he would be the number two or three guy he could really do some damage. If he got to feed on the lesser competition by being pushed down a lineup instead of being matched up against the opposition’s top guys, that could do wonders for his game.
If the Blackhawks trade Keith, that means they are likely moving on from this season and putting a bow on the run that they were on for about a decade. It would be sad to see as a fan but there are some really good possible returns for a guy who is still good and on a good contract.
These are some of the teams that could be interested in Keith for their playoff runs if the price is right.