Keith waived his no-movement clause to facilitate the trade. There was no salary retained in the trade by Chicago. Keith has two years left on his 13-year contract at $5,538,462 against the salary cap.
Keith, who turns 38 on July 16, has played 1,192 regular-season games in the NHL, all of them with the Blackhawks. He has 105 goals, 520 assists and is a plus-144. Keith won three Stanley Cups with Chicago, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2015. He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman in 2009-10 and 2013-14.
But Keith’s effectiveness as a defenseman has declined for several seasons, and specifically since 2019. His points per 60 minutes and puck possession numbers have declined in consecutive seasons. His minus-8 goals scored above average was third worst for any NHL player over the last two seasons (min. 100 games). This season, Keith had 15 points in 54 games, skating to a minus-13 while averaging 23 minutes and 25 seconds per game.
Jones, 24, finished his third NHL season, all with the Oilers, with four assists in 33 games, skating to a career low 13:36 per game. He has 19 points in 93 games in the NHL, skating to a minus-17.
Jones is the younger brother of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones. The Blackhawks are one of the rumored destinations for Jones, whom the Blue Jackets are expected to trade before next season.