The Blackhawks have traded Duncan Keith and forward prospect Tim Soderlund to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Caleb Jones and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2022, the team announced Monday.
The third-round selection will become a second-rounder if the Oilers advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2022 and Keith finishes Top 4 in ice time among Oilers defensemen during those three rounds. No salary has been retained by Chicago in the deal.
The news comes less than two weeks after the 37-year-old defenseman respectfully requested a trade so that he could be closer to his son.
"Duncan Keith was the ultimate professional with the Chicago Blackhawks," President/GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. "His toughness on the ice, his leadership in the community and his dedication to the game are a few of the reasons the Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups during his 16-year career with Chicago. He will go down as one of the best and most driven defensemen this game has ever seen. Recently, Duncan came to us with a request to be traded to a team closer to his son and we were happy to work something out that was mutually beneficial for Duncan’s family and the future of the Blackhawks. We appreciate all he has contributed to our team and the City of Chicago and his legacy will always be celebrated."
Keith has two years left on his contract that carries a $5.538 million cap hit. He is owed only $3.6 million in actual dollars over the next two seasons.
A two-time Norris Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion, Keith ranks No. 1 in games played (1,192), No. 2 in assists (520) and points (625) and No. 3 in goals (105) among defensemen in franchise history. He has led the Blackhawks in average time on ice for 16 straight seasons.
Jones, 24, compiled 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 93 games across three seasons with the Oilers. The 24-year-old defenseman is the younger brother of All-Star defenseman Seth Jones, who is likely to be traded this offseason after he informed the Columbus Blue Jackets that he would not sign an extension when his contract expires next season.