Duncan Keith in Seattle would increase Kraken’s rivalry with Canucks
The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly working on a Duncan Keith trade with the Pacific Northwest or Western Canada.
Elliotte Friedman threw a grenade into the hockey world on Wednesday afternoon with a report that defenseman Duncan Keith could potentially be on the move.
The infallible Hall of Fame member, who won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, wants to join a team from the Pacific Northwest or Western Canada, according to Friedman. Another report by Patrick Johnston of Postmedia suggests that Keith wants to play for a team closer to his eight-year-old son, who lives with Keith’s ex-wife in Penticton.
Vancouver is notably in both the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. It is also in the same province as Penticton. You can probably see where I’m going with this.
Thankfully, it looks like the Vancouver Canucks aren’t on the table when it comes to a potential trade with Keith. ChekTV’s Rick Dhaliwal reported that the Canucks are not Keith’s destination, which should be a huge relief for Canucks fans.
Old-school Canucks fans who trust the eye test and those who lean more towards analysis might not agree on much, but they can probably all agree on this: Duncan Keith should never play for the Canucks.
Keith isn’t the same player he once was
The underlying numbers favored by the analyst crowd don’t paint a pretty picture of Keith’s abilities at this point in his career. Sure, he’s won a few Norris trophies and a Conn Smythe, but he’s not that player anymore, though the Blackhawks have continued to play him the way he is, putting him on the ice for over 23 minutes per game.
Among defenders who played at least 500 minutes 5v5 last season, Keith had the third-worst expected goal percentage (xGF%) at 41.88%, which meant the Blackhawks were poorly outclassed every time they were out. he was on the ice. If you increase the ice time limit to 700 minutes, Keith was the worst.
(Fun fact: Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the next worst in this particular statistic, which is further proof that the Canucks shouldn’t trade for him either.)
The simple truth is, Duncan Keith isn’t very good anymore. This shouldn’t be surprising – he’ll be 38 in a few years, and very few 38-year-old defensemen still play in the NHL. I’m a year younger than Keith and injured myself last week sleeping weirdly.
In fact, Keith was the third oldest defenseman in the NHL last season. He can be forgiven for losing a step.
What we cannot forgive him is his past with the Canucks. Even Canucks fans who don’t care about the analysis shouldn’t want him in Vancouver because he’s one of the greatest villains in Canucks history.
Canucks fans can’t forget Keith’s elbow
Keith was not only a member of the Blackhawks squad that repeatedly knocked the Canucks out of the playoffs before Alex Burrows killed the dragon in 2011, but he was also arguably responsible for their premature exit from the playoffs in 2012. The Canucks repeated the Presidents’ Trophy. winners in 2012, but the stellar season was marred by a horrific incident in late March, just two weeks before the playoffs started.
That’s when Keith nudged Daniel Sedin in one of the dirtiest and ugliest rooms I’ve ever seen.
Daniel missed the last nine games of the regular season with a concussion, as well as the first three games of the playoffs. The Canucks lost those three games to the Los Angeles Kings, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Keith has been suspended for five games.
Understandably, Canucks fans don’t like Keith very much. Bringing him to Vancouver would be like signing Mark Messier after beating the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final in 1994. Fortunately, that never happened. He. Never. Come.
If Keith came to the Pacific Northwest for another team, that would be pretty good.
Keith belongs to the Kraken
The Seattle Kraken are the newest team in the NHL and will make their debut next season. The Canucks may have their first real geographic rival, as the Kraken will only be a short drive from I-5.
What better way to ignite the fuse of a rivalry than to acquire a player already hated by the opposing team? The Kraken could trade for Keith – they’ll have plenty of room for his $ 5.45 million cap – and immediately have a veteran Cup winner to anchor their defense and engender hatred from Canucks fans.
Even better for Canucks fans, Keith would be a literal anchor on the Kraken’s blue line, making them easier to defeat. It’s a win-win situation, except the Canucks would be the ones who would actually win.
It must happen. It must happen. Crack, Kraken, and take Keith to Seattle.