The rumours surrounding the Oilers potentially trading for veteran defender @Duncan Keith have dominated discussion around these parts over the past couple of weeks.
On Friday’s episode of the DFO Rundown, Frank Seravalli and Jason Gregor spoke about the rumours, with Seravalli reporting that the Blackhawks aren’t interested in retaining any of Keith’s salary and that Ken Holland has offered a “take it or leave it” deal…
SERAVALLI: To touch on the Duncan Keith situation for a second with the Oilers, my understanding is that there is definite interest there, but I think that interest and paying a certain price has waned in the last week or so.
The Oilers have had discussions with the Chicago Blackhawks. First off, there’s two things in play. One, Chicago is not willing to retain any salary, And the second thing is, whatever pieces the Oilers had on the table to try and make something happen, and I believe it centred around Caleb Jones plus something else, and you can understand why Jones was part of the picture because Chicago wants to also try and bring in Seth Jones, my understanding is one or more of those pieces has since been removed.
Edmonton has offered a take it or leave it type deal and there’s only a certain price they’re willing to pay given that Chicago isn’t willing to retain money.
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Keith turns 38 years old in July and has two more years left on his contract worth $5,538,462 annually. He has a no-movement clause in his deal but will reportedly waive it in order to be closer to his family in Penticton, British Columbia.