1 Salary Cap Space
I mean this cannot be overlooked. The Blackhawks managed to trade Duncan Keith at 37, 38 pretty soon, to a team with all of his 5.5 million dollar cap hit. They didn’t give up a draft pick with him, instead, they dealt a minor league forward and got a young defenseman and a draft pick back in return.
This deal was good enough in itself, but when you toss in the fact that Chicago cleared up over 5 million in cap space on this one it is even better. Chicago now has the money to really pursue a top player during the free agency period or through the trade market.
Now whether or not it is the right time for the Blackhawks to try and trade for somebody is still up in the air. Personally, unless we are talking about Seth Jones or Dougie Hamilton, I think the Blackhawks could use this cap space as a tool and move forward to start the season.
Duncan Keith’s contract was never an issue in my eyes. Keith was on a deal he signed in December of 2009. He won championships and Norris Trophies while on this deal that started over ten years ago and paying two more years of that same contract was not an issue in my eyes. That being said, cap space is cap space now that the contract is off the books.