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DeKeyser: ‘It’d be nice to figure out something long term’ with Wings

Aug 13, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

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Two weeks ago, Danny DeKeyser was confident he’d get a deal done with the Red Wings.

This week, he continued to insist there are no worries about signing on the line that is dotted.

“I’m not really worried,” DeKeyser said, per the Detroit Free Press. “We’re just kind of going back and forth, and we’ll see what happens. It’d be nice to figure out something long term.”


General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press he has spoken with DeKeyser’s camp earlier this week, and will touch base again within days. Holland faxed two proposals to DeKeyser’s agent in June, after which neither side was in touch for about a month.

Now there’s only about a month before training camp begins – and so there’s a little more urgency on reaching an agreement.

DeKeyser, 24, blossomed in his second professional season last year — despite missing significant time with a separated shoulder, he racked up 23 points in 65 games while averaging 21:38 TOI. He represents the future of the Red Wings’ blueline and, as such, will be an interesting one to watch as camp gets closer and closer.

That said, don’t expect there to be much drama. DeKeyser wants to be in Detroit.

“There won’t be any problems,” DeKeyser said back in late July, per “It’ll be done before camp. So, no one needs to worry about that.”

  1. lowenni - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    And Holland should be thinking the same thing. The kid is mature beyond his years in terms of how he thinks the game and is learning from a great mentor in Niklas Kronwall and great coach in Mike Babcock–he’s only going to get better. He may never put up huge point totals, but that should actually reassure Holland a bit–offensive defenseman are the ones who go through those confidence swings so he shouldn’t worry about having a Michael Del Zotto saga on his hands. Get the kid locked up, maybe four years 15 million?

    • dueman - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      If Detroit signs him to a long term contract, it will probably resemble what Gardiner just got in Toronto ($21,250,000 over 5 years, with a $4,050,000 cap hit) which is roughly close to what you pitched (just shy of a $4,000,000 cap hit). Now with that in mind, how do they sign Alfredsson, with Detroit only having $5.27 million left in cap space right now? I think that they are looking to get DeKeyser signed to a bridge contract in the 2-2.5 million range, so that they have enough cap space to work something out with Alfie. Detroit is going to need at least $2.5 million guaranteed, plus at least the same in bonus money (which would come off next years cap) to get Alfredsson signed…

    • dueman - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Sorry – Gardiner’s contract is $20,250,00 over 5 years, with a $4,050,000 cap hit…not $21,250,000.

  2. polegojim - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Amen, get it done. He’s proven youth, proven grit and guts. Even Patrick Roy would be proud of him!

  3. redwings4013 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Love this guy. He is easily my fav dman in the NHL lock him up long term for sure he is definatly gonna be a top dman in the nhl within 5 years

  4. tigers182 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    It’s probably difficult for Holland to find the money to pay him with all those great FA signings lately, like Cleary and Quincey, and … that other guy.

  5. cliffatola - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    I really hope they signed Cleary to carry this kids equipment because he isn’t good for anything else.

  6. cliffatola - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    When I say this, I mean no disrespect to Daniel Alfredsson, but you are no longer a piece to the puzzle in the long term interest of the Detroit Red Wings. Please excuse yourself from the conversation if in fact it is your contract talks that are holding up the re-signing of Danny DeKeyser. He has the potential to be a part of the equation you do not, the courtesy that Ken Holland is extending to you should be reserved for future jersey retiree’s. Hint being, Zetterberg and Datsyuk. Move on like a minor leaguer in a teletubby costume Alfie !!!!

    • timmmah10 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Alfie isn’t holding up anything for Dekeyser. There is plenty of cap room to get a deal done. Alfie isn’t likely to get a raise after last year’s subpar season…

  7. LampyB - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Cliffatola the delay isn’t because of Alfie. It’s because Ken Holland is still using a fax machine to send contract offers. The docs are prob still sitting in the tray unseen by DK’s agent.

  8. sjsblitz - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Hope the kid gets signed, I really like watching him on Detroit’s Blue line. Nothing better than a d-man that can actually play good D

  9. pjblake2redwings - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Love Danny D! hopefully we can lock him up to at least 5 year deal. He will be solid for years!

  10. adamal17 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Now that Holland has a four year extension I would imagine that both Danny D and Babcock are going to get similar deals in terms of years in the coming weeks. Alfie will most likely get a 1.5 mill base pay and Dekeyser will most likely get around 3.5 a year around 3 years. The thing that you can’t blame Holland for thinking is that this was mainly only one year…and these are the years you want to get somewhat of a deal on your RFA’s. While I think it would be great to get a five year deal with Danny D, I believe it will be a bridge deal so that we can actually sign Jurco and Nyquist next year…There is also a trade (or a very depressing waiver claim) coming in the preseason so that we can actually carry all these players.

  11. dencar2014 - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    The cap wall is looming .Signing Cleary was a HUGE mistake promises notwithstanding
    I love Dekeyser on the D and it sounds like he would like something in the 4 to 5 year range. Hope he’s not disappointed and is left to feel under appreciated.

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