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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reason They Don’t Need a Duncan Keith Replacement Trade

By Tim Lively
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Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Duncan Keith

(2) waits for a face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If ever there was a time our beloved Chicago Blackhawks are missing the likes of their once highly touted defensive prospects Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck, and Stephen Johns, it’s now. With Duncan Keith, the cornerstone of the ‘Hawks’ defense sidelined for potentially multiple months, a blue line that is already struggling to realign and re-identify itself in the wake of Johnny Oduya’s departure has been dealt a severe blow.

Not surprisingly, there are many in Hawks Nation speculating a trade will be made for a veteran defensemen to fill the void left by Keith, and for good reason, as Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has already employed this modus operandi just last season in reaction to Patrick Kane’s long-term injury.

However, there are five reasons I believe making a trade to compensate for the loss of Keith is a bad move:

Oct 17, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

#5 – No One Wants to Help the ‘Hawks Get Better

Let’s face it, success sows bitter jealousy among the defeated, especially repeated success. After winning multiple Stanley Cups in the past six years, suffice it to say the ‘Hawks have left plenty of bitter tastes in many-a-mouth. Thus I highly doubt there any teams in the NHL that would be willing to make a deal that could potentially make the Hawks a more formidable contender through a mutually beneficial transaction, considering they are the gatekeepers to the Finals in the Western Conference, and potentially gatekeepers to the Stanley Cup in the Eastern Conference.

That being said, it’s a fair bet that the Hawks aren’t going to be offered anything but lopsided deals by other teams in the trade market, and it’s simply not worth surrendering a prized forward for a subpar defensemen, which is about the best offer the ‘Hawks can expect.

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