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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Minutes to be monitored once healthy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keith will have his minutes managed carefully once he returns from his knee injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Keith was the 12th-most utilized defenseman last season, averaging 30.1 shifts and 25:16 of ice time per contest, but the Blackhawks have wisely decided to hold him out of the first four preseason games and put his playing time under a microscope in effort to avoid wear and tear on his knee before the regular season even begins. Keith was quite efficient last season, finding twine nine times to go along with 34 helpers in just 67 games.

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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Will sit out first four preseason contests
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keith (knee) will not participate in the Blackhawks' first four preseason games, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Despite the knee injury, Keith should return to his 2015-16 form that saw him rack up nine goals and 34 assists, including 18 points with the man advantage. Even if it takes the blueliner a few games to shake off the rust, fantasy owners would be hard pressed to find a more consistent scorer among defensemen.

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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Practices Friday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Keith (knee) practiced Friday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Keith pulled out of playing for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey to nurse his surgically repaired knee. It's still unknown how much Keith will participate in the preseason, but the veteran defenseman has been skating for about a month. The Blackhawks will take a cautious approach with Keith, but assistant coach Mike Kitchen believes that Keith "should be fine" for the regular season. Last season, the 33-year-old notched 50 points (nine goals, 41 assists) in 75 games.

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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: May not be ready for start of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is unsure if Keith (knee) will be ready for the start of the regular season, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Keith recently decided not to participate in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey to focus on strengthening his surgically-repaired right knee. When that decision was announced it seemed to be a precautionary move for Keith, but this latest news contradicts that notion. The 33-year-old defender's status for Chicago's Oct. 12 regular-season opener against the Blues should become clearer when the 'Hawks kick off their preseason schedule Sep. 28 against Pittsburgh.

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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Won't participate in World Cup of Hockey
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keith won't play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

This is purely a precautionary move for Keith. The 33-year-old defender isn't dealing with a new injury, but has decided to forego the opportunity to represent his country in September's World Cup of Hockey to focus on strengthening his right knee, which was operated on last October to repair a meniscal tear. The two-time Norris Trophy winner will be at full strength for the Blackhawks' regular-season opener, so this latest news shouldn't have any affect on his draft stock.

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