A Duncan Keith trade may be happening sooner than fans think.
Now, it seems that the Edmonton Oilers are interested in making a deal for the defenseman.
The Oilers and the Hawks have been "grinding away" on a Keith trade for almost two weeks, per a report from Elliotte Friedman. It's believed that the Hawks are interested in trading Keith for defenseman Ethan Bear and/or center Ryan McLeod, but the Oilers have declined.
The future Hall of Famer currently has two years left on a 13-year contract extension he signed with the Hawks in Dec. 2009.
Keith was drafted in 2002 by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the NHL Draft and has played all 16 years of his NHL career with the Hawks.
He won three Stanley Cups and has added a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy to his name.
Keith's 1,192 games rank second in franchise history behind Stan Mikita, who played in 1,394 games. Keith and Brent Seabrook are the first pair of defenseman to play 1,000 games together.
In 2010 and 2014, Keith won Olympic Gold Medals for Team Canada.