The Edmonton Oilers are set to acquire defenseman Duncan Keith from the Chicago Blackhawks. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and TSN’s Darren Dreger were first to report on Monday that the sides had made progress and were closing in on a deal.
Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff is reporting that the Oilers will be sending defenseman Caleb Jones and a draft pick to Chicago for Keith. The pick will be a third rounder, per John Shannon.
The deal has yet to be announced, and Seravalli indicates that details are still being ironed out. However, against the odds, the Blackhawks will not retain any salary in the trade. Edmonton is taking the full contract.
UPDATE – 6:14 PM EST: According to Ben Pope, Chicago Blackhawks beat reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, there are other pieces in this deal. Pope reported on Twitter earlier on Monday after that there are some “minor players/contracts” involved in the trade.
The deal has yet to be finalized and thus has still not be announced by either side. However, it’s just a matter of time until that happens. Dreger is reporting that Keith has signed off on the deal and waived his no-movement clause for Edmonton.
The TSN NHL insider also reported that Edmonton was Keith’s preferred destination, which had been speculated over the last two weeks.
UPDATE – 7:56 PM EST: The deal is official. The Oilers have acquired defenseman Duncan Keith and prospect forward Tim Soderlund from Chicago in exchange for defenseman Caleb Jones and a conditional 2022 draft pick. The pick is a third round selection, but can become a second rounder if the Oilers win three playoff rounds in 2022 and Keith is among the team’s top-four defensemen during the run.
There is no salary retained in the deal.
We’ll have more thoughts on the deal later tonight.