The Detroit Red Wings have reportedly agreed to terms on a six-year deal with defenseman Danny DeKeyser. General manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press the deal is worth $30 million. The deal comes just two days before their scheduled arbitration.
The deal, which keeps DeKeyser in Detroit until he is 31, counts $5 million against the cap each year and has a no-trade clause for the first four years of the deal. For the final two years of the contract, DeKeyser is subject to a ten team trade list.
Though he did not reach the same point total as last season, he did have a career high in goals and he became a regular for the Red Wings, and this contract suggests he will be a big part of their franchise for the foreseeable future.
Re-signing the 6’3” 26-year-old will prove to be a major part to Detroit’s 2016 offseason exploits, despite them having raided the free agency for the likes of Frans Nielsen, Steve Ott, and Thomas Vanek. DeKeyser was an integral member of the low scoring Red Wings defensive corps, only trailing notorious hitter Niklas Kronwall by five body checks, with 88, and putting up by far the most blocked shots at 107.
As the Red Wings seek to keep their immense playoffs qualification streak alive, whilst many of the best players age their way out of the NHL, DeKeyser will merge himself into a more and more crucial role in the team. Detroit will continue to make multiple offseason moves to keep them competitive, but DeKeyser will remain as a core player on the blue line and in the dressing room.
What was also very impressive of Danny DeKeyser was that he played more regular season games than any other Red Wings defenseman, at 78. Detroit hit the jackpot when this ever improving defenseman decided to sign up to a mega six-year deal. It should solidify their back line during the turbulent years to come.