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Report: Blackhawks pursuing trade for a defenseman

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 06: New Jersey Devils mobe teammate Kyle Palmierias Chicago Blackhawks look on after he scored a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on November 6, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Having surrendered an average of four goals in their past five games, the Blackhawks are reportedly looking to trade for a defenseman.

Chicago has been without top blue-liner Duncan Keith for the past eight games after he suffered a knee injury on Oct. 17.

Keith skated for the first time since the injury on Sunday and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he’s hopeful that Keith will be able to play Saturday when Chicago takes on the St. Louis Blues.

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In addition, Michal Rozsival is on the verge of returning from a broken ankle he suffered during the second round of the playoffs in May.

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Chicago is 4-3-1 without Keith and just 1-4 in its past five games.

Without Keith, the Blackhawks have been running with Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson Trevor Daley, Viktor Svedberg, Erik Gustafsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk on defense.

Teams aren’t usually eager to part with quality defensemen this early in the season, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of talent – if any – the Blackhawks can add.