Trade rumors are the NHL's most prevalent cottage industry.

Nearly every hockey watcher with a keyboard and a Wi-Fi connection weighs in on the would-be blockbusters of the day. Deals of all shapes and sizes are especially possible between now and the start of the NHL draft on July 23, not to mention the arrival of the free-agent signing period five days later.  

True to form, the B/R hockey writing team tilted at the rumor mill to start the week and came up with a buy/sell designation on the more notable conjecture. Click through to see our thoughts and drop a viewpoint or two of your own in the comments.


Buy: Duncan Keith Will Open 2021-22 in Edmonton

Shield your eyes, Oilers fans.

Though many are cynical to the idea of acquiring 37-year-old defensemen with skidding metrics, it seems Edmonton general manager Ken Holland has an affinity for "greybeards."  

Chicago's Duncan Keith is a particularly successful one, with three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies and a Conn Smythe on his resume. And Western Canada is reportedly among his preferred destinations now that his desire to leave the Blackhawks has gone public.

While Holland may see Keith as a veteran who could stabilize an unproven Oilers club come playoff time, Edmonton fans will likely focus on his $5.5 million cap hit for the next two seasons.

It'd be difficult for Holland to bring Keith in without unloading an onerous contract of his own—James Neal, Mikko Koskinen and Kyle Turris spring to mind—or getting Chicago general manager Stan Bowman to retain a significant chunk of Keith's salary to accommodate his wishes.

The guess here is that they find a way to get it done. 

Whether it's a two-team deal or a third party is brought in to smooth out finances, expect Keith on the Edmonton blue line this October.


Sell: The Kraken Will Bite on Matt Duchene

For a player, having five years remaining on a contract paying $8 million per season is heaven. 

For a general manager, it's, well...something else. Especially if that player has scored only 19 goals in his last 100 games.

So it's no wonder that Nashville GM David Poile suggested on ESPN Radio in Nashville that he'd like to swing a deal with the Seattle Kraken in the upcoming expansion draft. He didn't specify which player he'd want the Kraken to select, but there's ample reason to believe he was talking about his $40 million albatross.