2. His cap hit is not that crazy for a team in its current position.
The Blackhawks have salary cap space, and they might like a little more, but trading Keith at 5.5 million for the next two seasons is not going to save them that much. We are talking about a player who is over 1100 games plus into his career. A player that has played all his games on one team.
Why leave now? Chicago has enough cap space to last them going into the next two seasons and trading Keith is not completely necessary for the team. With Keith’s full no-move clause on his contract, the Blackhawks would be out of leverage when it comes to which team he goes to. Plus considering his cap hit is 5.5 which might be a lot to another team, the Hawks might have to compensate with a draft pick or even by holding off a million or two of the cap hit.
Trading Keith just seems to come with so many different drawbacks when looking at his career in its entirety. If we were talking about trading him two or three years ago I would understand. But for this news to come out right now just seemed weird.