It's been quite the day for Canadian teams grabbing headlines.
According to DailyFaceoff's Frank Seravalli, the Chicago Blackhawks have a deal in place to send defenceman, Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Caleb Jones and a 3rd-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
As reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Blackhawks are not retaining any salary in the deal.
Keith's extensive resume is clearly the primary asset the Oilers were after when putting together this deal. And it's an impressive one, without a doubt. The veteran defender is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with two Norris Trophies and a Conne Smythe decorating his mantle.
The Oilers obviously want to bring a player of that caliber into their room so Keith can imbue his championship pedigree onto their host of talented young blueliners.
There was a time when Keith was even considered arguably the NHL's best defenceman, combining his innate defensive awareness with elite puck movement to create the ideal modern defenceman.
That time, however, has long passed.
Age has clearly caught up to Keith, who will turn 38 prior to the start of next season and still has two more years left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.5 million. The 2021 season saw Keith score the fewest points-per-60 of his career while wilting in his defensive assignments despite playing relatively sheltered minutes for the first time in his career.
Given his declining play and bloated contract, many thought that the Blackhawks would need to sweeten the deal in order to convince another team to take Keith off their hands. The Oilers, however, opted to go the opposite route, surrendering a 24-year-old defender and a third-round pick instead.
Regardless of how this trade plays out for either side, today officially marks the end of an illustrious era in Chicago.