Oilers keeping Duncan Keith in organization with player development role

Edmonton Oilers' Duncan Keith (2) skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during third period NHL action in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (Jason Franson/CP).

The Edmonton Oilers will sign former defenceman Duncan Keith to a player development contract, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.

Keith, one of the best defencemen of his generation, retired after 17 NHL campaigns at the end of last season.

Keith’s list of NHL accolades is extensive. He won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010s, a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2015, and two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenceman in 2010 and 2014.

Keith also sported the maple leaf on a number of occasions, winning Olympic gold at both the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Games with Team Canada.

The 38-year-old played the first 16 seasons of his career with the Blackhawks, before joining the Oilers via trade for 2021-22. In Edmonton, he produced 21 points and a plus-15 rating in 64 games.

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