“It's a major gamble”: Edmonton Oilers trade for Duncan Keith, multiple sources report

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This in from multiple sources, the Edmonton Oilers trading for Duncan Keith.

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Hockey commentator John Shannon reported: “Duncan Keith for Caleb Jones and a 3rd round pick.”

TSN’s Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
No salary retained in Keith trade to Oilers. Jones and a 3rd back to Chicago.

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: “Pending trade call, sounds like #Hawks Duncan Keith will indeed be heading to #Oilers in exchange for D Caleb Jones and a mid-round pick (3rd or 4th round). Final details still being ironed out.”

And Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now: “I believe Duncan Keith is going to be a very good addition and an important issue for the Edmonton Oilers… If Duncan Keith is in your second pairing left shot pairing, you’ll be fine.”

Of course, reaction from Twitter was fast and often furious:

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Chicago Sun Times hockey writer Ben Pope @BenPopeCST

Full respect to Keith, but this is going to be absolute larceny by the Blackhawks

Oilers fan James Gronau 🏒🇨🇦 @JamesGronau
Oilers twitter about to hit armageddon as per usual 😶


Toronto hockey writer Jeff Veillette @JeffVeillette

I’m not as low on Keith as others, but I’m not terribly certain he’s better than Jones next year. Giving up an extra asset seems silly, even with retention – and if there’s no retention, this is ludicrous.

Oilers fan Wraine Hunter @bleedzoil
Caleb Jones is not very good. Keith’s cap hit is too high at this stage of his career. I think Keith can still play at reduced minutes but I think his big value is what he can teach the young guys. Time will tell

Oilers fan Jeff @jeffyoil

Part of me wanted Oilers to resign Barrie instead of Keith but Keith’s experience will be huge and be a great mentor to Evan Bouchard and Ethan Bear! #Oilers #LetsGoOilers

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Oilers blogger Alex Thomas @Alex_Thomas14
Okay, if this is the case this is a failure for Ken Holland. Greatly overpaid for an overpriced and declining asset. That stings.

Oilers fan Jason Adams @AdamsOnHockey
this is fine
everything is fine
full caphit for two years
we gave up Jones and a 3rd for him
just fine, we’re great, best offseason ever

Oilers fan Ryan Donaldson @Maddawg81
Hahahaha and a 3rd rounder. What an idiot Ken Holland is.

On-ice analytics enthusiast JFresh @JFreshHockey
Duncan Keith, traded to EDM, has put up hideous results for the past several seasons in a steady decline consistent with a player in his late thirties. The Oil are praying that a smaller role will spark a huge improvement – it’s a major gamble.

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Cult of Hockey write rKurt Leavins @KurtLeavins
The Oilers Defence just got significantly better. Acquired Duncan Keith from Chicago for Caleb Jones & mid-round pick.
Like Matt Benning before him, Jones tried & failed to crack Top 4.
Keith a lock to play 18-20’ in Top 4.
Major influence on & off the ice.

Oilers fan Cody Stuart @betamanic
Weirdly tuned into Stauffer for the time in months without knowing the Oilers just traded Jones for Keith. Nice to hear all the same nonsense we hear every time a team picks up an older player who’s been on winning teams. Would love to know the expiry date on that sort of thing?

Oilers fan Keri L. Kettle @KeriLKettle
If Holland gives this up without 50% salary retention by Chicago, he is the new Peter Chiarelli. This would be such a terrible trade it defies description.

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Oilers fan Rebuild 5.0 = Incoming @Josephk90
I’m excited!


Hockey writer David Pagnotta @TheFourthPeriod

Curious how the Keith acquisition affects/stalls an Adam Larsson signing for EDM. Keith has a NMC, which he agreed to waive for EDM, but carries over. It’s possible he waives it for the expansion draft or the Oilers & Larsson wait until after the draft to finalize/sign a new deal

Hockey News writer Matt Larkin @THNMattLarkin
So I have to assume the Keith deal guarantees we won’t see Adam Larsson re-signed before July 17…right? If Oilers are using a 7-3-1 protection scheme, it’ll be Nurse, Bear and Keith protected on ‘D.’

Oilers fan Romulus’ Apotheosis @RomulusNotNuma
the people asking about whether Chicago retained salary in the Keith trade need to understand, they can only retain up to half and even at half he costs way too much. Much more than he’d command on the open market.

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