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Will the Chicago Blackhawks trade Duncan Keith?

The Fourth Period: The Chicago Blackhawks have struggled all year, they missed the playoffs last year. It is time for the Blackhawks to rebuild the team.

Duncan Keith, 35, has four more years left on his contract beyond this season. His salary cap hit of $5.538 million isn’t as standoffish as it may seem, as a number of teams still value what he brings to the table – it’s those extra four years that may be frightening.

Keith owns a full no-movement clause and will have a say in where he ends up, if he accepts a move. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights would have interest in Keith should he hit the market.

Washington Capitals looking to make a trade

NBC Sports: Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan open to a ‘player-for-player’ deal before the 2019 NHL trade deadline.

MacLellan said, “I think the only thing we’re going to look for is, is there a hockey trade to be made, salary for salary, player for player in the forward group.” 

Andre Burakovsky, 23, who has been a healthy scratch five times in the past 14 games, is available. Burakovsky is a restricted free agent at the end of the season and his qualifying offer of $3.25 million will be steep for a player who has struggled to maintain his production. 

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