Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday, one day after having surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee.
Keith is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The move to place him on LTIR gives the Blackhawks an additional $5.54 million in relief against the NHL salary cap, but it remains to be seen if general manager Stan Bowman will look to the outside for temporary help.
Keith plays in all situations and logged the most minutes of any player in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (715:37). Since his rookie season in 2005-06, Keith's 19,544:17 played in 11 regular seasons is second only to St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19,991:05) among active players.
Keith has two assists, eight shots on goal, and led the Blackhawks in average ice time (24:21) in six games. In 11 seasons, all with the Blackhawks, he has 75 goals and 417 points in 772 games.
The Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers on Thursday at United Center.