Chicago Blackhawks To Unload A Defenseman, Perhaps Duncan Keith

With the Blackhawks making moves in an effort to get things back on the right path this season, there are whispers they may move a defenseman. Interestingly, Duncan Keith's name came up.

The Chicago Blackhawks made it known recently that they are opening to trading off some of their defensive depth. Among the names that circulated were Brandon Manning and Jan Rutta. Rutta is a 28-year-old free agent at the end of this season and Manning the same age but a free agent at the end of next season. Mark Lazerus reported on Twitter that  the Blackhawks sent out a league-wide email letting everyone know both were available.

However, NBC Sports’ James O’Brien wonders if the Blackhawks are looking at the wrong players to move and wondered if the team should find new homes for either or both of Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook? Realistically, Seabrook's contract makes him an unlikely option but a Keith trade could be interesting.

via Chicago Tribune

He carries a no-trade clause, so he'd have some control over where he lands but he's slot in almost immediately on any team's top four. He is getting older, but his contract is not one that would crush a team because it's a $5.53 million deal that in actual payout is much lower. After this season it drops to $3.5 million, $2.65 million the next and it keeps dropping all the way to $1.5 million in the final year. This is an affordable number for teams looking to hit the salary cap floor but not pay out a great deal like Arizona or Florida.

What This Means

Of course, right now, this is all speculation. But, Keith is an interesting player to watch if the Blackhawks season continues to go down the drain. Stan Bowman is already rumored to be ready to make moves and it's not unlike him to do something big.

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