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Blackhawks: Three reasons to not trade Duncan Keith

By Jimmy Lynch
Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
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1. The return would not be that great.

Duncan Keith is 37 years old and is no the back end of his career. He has just two more seasons on his current deal that is worth 5.5 million in cap space. While 5.5 million is not bad when considering when this deal was signed, today it might be hard to convince a few teams to take on that much cap space for a 37-year-old.

Even though Keith is still playing top-line minutes in Chicago, his play from his 2015 self has fallen off a little bit. Keith definitely can be a great top-four guy on any other team, but I don’t think the Blackhawks would get much in return on any deal.

When thinking about past Blackhawks greats like Denis Savard, remembering what sent them packing and what the franchise got in return was always interesting. Savard was traded to Montreal for a guy named Chris Chelios who would be a Blackhawks legend in his own right.

For the Blackhawks to just trade Keith for a second or third-round draft pick would be an absolute mistake in my eyes.

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