Duncan Keith retires after 17 NHL seasons with Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith announced his retirement Tuesday after 17 NHL seasons in which he won two Norris Trophy and three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Keith, 38, played 64 games for the Oilers in his only season in Edmonton, scoring 21 points. He played for Chicago from 2005-06 to 2020-21, amassing 625 points in 1,192 games. He contested his 1,200th on November 1, 2021. NHL game against the Seattle Kraken and later became only the second player in NHL history with 2,000 blocked shots.

Known for his fast skating and incredible stamina on the ice, Keith helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015 when he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP while he averaged 31:07 per game during the Ice Age.

He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2010 and 2014, one of only 12 defensemen in NHL history to win the award more than once.

Keith was named one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players during the 2017 NHL Centennial Season.

He was traded to Edmonton by the Blackhawks last summer after requesting the move to be closer to his son in western Canada.

Keith entered the final season of a 13-year, $72 million contract he signed with the Blackhawks in December 2009, which had an annual cap of $5,538,462. Due to the NHL’s cap recapture rules, the Blackhawks are penalized for Keith’s resignation before the end of his contract.

Chicago will add an additional $5,538,462 to its cap in 2022-23 and $1,938,456 in 2023-24. None of the penalties should have a dramatic impact on Chicago’s salary cap situation as the team is in a full rebuild for the foreseeable future.

The Oilers, meanwhile, wipe Keith’s cap hit of $5,538,462 entirely off their books as they move closer to a free hand. Edmonton are looking to re-sign top winger Evander Kane and bring in a goalie through free agency or trade.

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Emma Bowman

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