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Oilers acquire Duncan Keith in trade with Blackhawks

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The Edmonton Oilers have bolstered their blueline and added some veteran leadership to their roster.

In a trade that was finalized on Monday afternoon, they sent defenceman Caleb Jones and a conditional 2022 third-round draft pick (that will convert into a second if Edmonton makes the Stanley Cup Final) in exchange for veteran d-man Duncan Keith and minor league forward Tim Soderlund.

An important part of the deal to note is that the Blackhawks will not retain any of Keith’s salary. That means the Oilers are on the books for the final two seasons of his 13-year, $72 million contract. He will be owed
$3.6 million over the next two seasons, but it will come with a salary cap hit of $5.538 million.

Keith, 37, is far removed from his prime years but has put together a legendary career that will most likely end up with him being selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame once he is eligible.

He had spent his entire 16-year career with the Blackhawks leading up to this point; winning three Stanley Cups, two Norris trophies, two Winter Olympic gold medals, and a Conn Smythe trophy to go a long with four NHL All-Star Game and two NHL First All-Star team selections. But at this point in his life, he recognizes the importance of family and wanted to play closer to his song (who lives in Penticton, British Columbia).

“At this point in my career I feel that being closer to my son Colton that was a huge thing for me and I just felt like the Edmonton Oilers was a good fit, a great fit,” said Keith.

“And I’m excited to start this next chapter of my career and try and win a Cup here in Edmonton.”

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Golden Knights ink Nolan Patrick to two-year extension

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The Vegas Golden Knights took care of some business over the weekend, locking up one of their restricted free agents to a new deal.

The team announced they have re-signed forward Nolan Patrick to a two-year, $2.4 million contract extension that pays an annual average of $1.2 million.

The 23-year old, who was selected 2nd overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to Vegas in a multiplayer deal back in July 2021.

Patrick, who was dealt with a myriad of concussion and injury issues throughout his career, has amassed 30 goals and 40 assists in 197 NHL games.

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Sidney Crosby is rooting for Alex Ovechkin to break Wayne Gretzky’s goal record

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Sidney Crosby may see Alex Ovechkin as a longtime divisional rival, but also has a tremendous amount of respect for him. He expressed that appreciation during an interview earlier this week.

When asked about Ovechkin’s quest to break Wayne Gretzky’s goal scoring record, he had this to say:

“I hope he does. I told him today that I hope he does,” said Crosby about Ovechkin’s quest to surpass Gretzky.

“It would be awesome. He’s in range.”

Ovechkin, 36, recently inked a five-year extension with the Washington Capitals in hopes to extend his NHL career long enough to make that a reality.

He currently sits 6th all-time with 730 career goals, which means he needs 165 more to surpass the Great One.

In order to get it done, he would need to average approximately 33 goals a season throughout the remainder of his contract. It is certainly attainable if you look at his history, but definitely not going to be easy considering he is already in his late 30’s and in the twilight of his career.

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NHL players are officially allowed to participate in 2022 Beijing Olympics

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The decision is official!

The NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation that will allow their players to participate in the men’s ice hockey tournament that will take place at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China from February 4-20, 2022.

“Just to be able to represent Canada at the Olympics and compete for a gold medal would be an absolute dream come true,” said Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid earlier this week.

“It’s kind of been a long time since we’ve been able to play best-on-best internationally. I think for me and I think for a lot of guys that were on that team, it’s been a long time coming. We’re obviously looking forward to going to the Olympics if we’re all lucky enough to make it.”

The NHL players last participated in the Olympics back in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. During that tournament, Team Canada easily cruised to a Gold Medal. They beat Sweden in the finals to capture the championship.

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