Retired Defenseman Joining Edmonton Oilers Front Office

Duncan Keith's playing days are over, but that doesn't mean he'll be spending all his time away from the rink. Rumor has Keith joining the Edmonton Oilers in a player development role, starting this season.

As Mark Spector of Sportsnet points out, Oilers general manager Ken Holland is a fan of having ex-players in development roles. Keith's resume speaks for itself, and he'll certainly be able to grab the attention of whoever he's trying to mentor.

 The 39-year-old Keith retired with one year left on his contract. After 16 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Keith was moved to the Oilers where he spent one season. He asked for the move to be closer to his son and appears to be sticking around the neighborhood for years to come. The future hockey hall of famer played 1256 career NHL games, another 151 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His mantle is full of accolades and Keith is one of the most respected players of his era. When someone with three Stanley Cups, two Norris trophies and a Conn Smythe gives you advice on your game, you listen. The Oilers youngsters are lucky to have him in the mix.

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