The Chicago Blackhawks traded Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers for Caleb Jones a few days ago.
With some time to really think about the trade, I think there are a handful of positives to take out of this one for the Blackhawks. This truly was one of Stan Bowman’s best moves as general manager of the team.
The Chicago Blackhawks defense is just an open question mark at this point. There are a decent amount of players that we can expect to see next season in the lineup, but who will be leading the charge is still up for grabs.
Duncan Keith will never be replaced. He was a one-of-a-kind player in this organization. One of the best ever to lace up the skates for the Hawks, but still, it was the right time to move him. Now the franchise needs to find some other players to help lead the charge in Keith’s absence.
At a time when the face of a team’s defense is gone, it is usually someone you least expect that will be leading the charge the next season. Similar to how the Blackhawks let three unproven goalies run with the net after moving on from Corey Crawford, maybe we could see something different with Keith out of the lineup on defense.
Now trading for Caleb Jones does have some perks, and let’s talk about all the things Caleb Jones brings to the team.