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Wings pursuing college free agent DeKeyser

Mar 24, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT


The Detroit Red Wings are actively pursuing college free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser, according to the Detroit Free Press.

DeKeyser, who hails from Clay Township, Mich., was playing college hockey for the Western Michigan Broncos but is now an unrestricted free agent.

“The agent says they are going through process and will take a few days to make a decision,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press.

Money is not an issue in this case. Teams can only offer him an entry-level contract, as per

“We’ve talked to him for the last few years, all other 29 teams have, too,” Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill told “He’s one of the top free agents available.

“He’s getting the same contract (offer) from everybody.”

In 33 games with the Broncos this season, DeKeyser had two goals and 15 points. He also provides size on the back end, standing at 6’3″.


  1. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I was really hoping the Flyers could get in on this kid, and I’m sure they have, but Detroit obviously has the inside track. They have holes on the blueline, which would allow Dekeyser to compete for a job this season or next, and Detroit is basically his hometown team. He’s supposed to be a defensive version of Justin Schultz so maybe he can step right in. If I was the Flyers I’d guarantee him Bruno Gervais’ spot immediately and see if he really wants to play now or, most likely, wait in Detroit. Even without any professional experience I’d take Dekeyser over Gervais. He can’t possibly make as many “rookie mistakes” as our vets on the backend have made this season. Make the pitch Holmgren. Philly needs some real D prospects.

    • clefty1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      The Flyers D is worse then the Wings and the Flyers need a goalie as well.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Absolutely, I didn’t mean to imply that the Red Wings need him more, just that they are easily the front runners to sign him. The Flyers need more help on the backend and they have no legitimate defensive prospects so I was hoping they could throw their hat into the ring for this kid. Dekeyser is the top college free agent so it would be a great signing for any team. I also held out hope Philly would be in on Andrej Sustr before he signed with Tampa. The Flyers definitely need them more but I also know it’s just a pipedream. Most articles I’ve read put it at about a 75% chance he signs with Detroit.

  2. polegojim - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I like it. Good prospect and we need the D to shore up for a playoff fight. His old coach is HC of the Griffins, so tied tightly to the Wings.

    The 15 points is a good sign of an active D man.

    While he’s ‘tall’ at 6-3…he’s light. Hope he fills out to 210’s soon and learns to play tough NHL D like a Lashoff type.


  3. clefty1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Hopefully being a hometown kid will help his decision to sign with the Wings plus the Wings would not have to use a draft pick to get him.

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