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Duncan Keith joins a growing list of Blackhawks' players that would consider playing in Europe.
Duncan Keith is among the growing list of Blackhawk players that would consider playing in Europe as the NHL lockout continues. Keith's agent (Ross Gurney) had the following to say via email to CSN Chicago:
"[Playing in Europe] absolutely remains an option. It's something we'll evaluate more seriously as the lockout continues."
Gurney also told CSN Chicago that Keith has been working out on his own during the lockout.
Several other Blackhawks' players have mentioned interest in playing overseas if the lockout lasts long enough. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp have all stated they'd consider European options if negotiations aren't going well, but none of that group have signed contracts with European clubs at this time.
There were reports out of Sweden that Johnny Oduya was going to be joining a Swedish club, but the club has since denied those reports. Two members of the Blackhawks will definitely be playing in Europe during the lockout, and have already signed contracts to do so. Bryan Bickell will be playing in Austria, and Michael Frolik has agreed to join Czech club HC Chomutov.