Mass speculation on Caleb Jones to Blackhawks, Duncan Keith to Edmonton Oilers, and big question about salary retention

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Two of hockey’s most plugged in insiders, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet and Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now, dug in deeply about all the speculation around a potential Duncan Keith to Edmonton Oilers trade.

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Friedman said he thinks Edmonton is interested in an experienced left shot d-man, the kind of older veteran like Calgary’s Mark Giordano. Bob Stauffer mentioned Ryan Murray of Columbus as a possibility but said he wasn’t as good as Duncan Keith.

Seattle, Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary make the most sense in terms of geography for Keith, who wants to be close to Penticton, Friedman said, but he did not get the sense Vancouver or Calgary were involved.

Friedman spelled out Edmonton and Chicago’s parameters that he had heard for such a deal, with Chicago’s main priority being that it bring in one of Seth Jones or Dougie Hamilton this off-season, while Edmonton wanting to maintain it’s cap flexibility in any trade for Keith.

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“Edmonton wants to keep its cap flexibility and Chicago wants to get either (Seth) Jones or Hamilton. Whatever happens in this deal can’t effect those things, that’s what I’ve heard.”

If Caleb Jones is in Chicago, maybe that would make the city more attractive to Seth Jones.

“There’s two reasons people are zeroing in on Edmonton. One it makes sense for Keith in a geographical and family reason and, number two, a lot of people are whispering the names Caleb Jones. And if that’s what Chicago’s plan is, it makes sense. You reunited the brothers.”

As for whether or not Chicago would retain some of Keith’s salary, Friedman said: “I think we are negotiating that right now.”

Stauffer suggested if Chicago ate one quarter of Keith’s contract that might change things for some Oilers fans. “I was under the assumption that they don’t eat any of the money but they took a contract back like Turris.”

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Friedman said he had heard Edmonton wasn’t crazy about Keith’s full $5.5 million per contract, but maybe things would work if Chicago took a player to buy out it might make more sense.

Stauffer said Chicago would not take James Neal. “There’s no way they do that. It’s $7.6 million (buy-out) for four years.”

Stauffer said Turris would only count $500,000 against Chicago’s cap if he was farmed out, though Edmonton could do the same with Turris.

Stauffer said it’s his belief that the Blackhawks are not looking to take a lot of money back in the trade, such as agreeing to take James Neal or Mikko Koskinen and their expensive deals in return for Keith.

Friedman said Keith has a lot of pride and is an unbelievable athlete. In Edmonton, he would play behind Nurse and he’d be a mentor the young Oilers d-men, Evan Bouchard, Dmitri Samorukov and Philip Broberg. “I still think Duncan Keith has plenty to offer, I just don’t think it’s as your 25-minute-per-night #1 D.”

Stauffer mentioned that Keith played mostly with two rookie d-men in Ian Mitchell and Adam Boqvist on a Chicago team that was somewhat open to trading chances, which led to a high number of shots and scoring chances against when he was on the ice. “We’re getting kind of the analytics vs. the ‘see him good.’”

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