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Red Wings, Danny DeKeyser agree to 6-year, $30M deal

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:15:28 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) - The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser agreed to a six-year contract reportedly worth $30 million.

With the agreement, the both sides avoided Thursday's arbitration hearing.

"It's a big deal for me, to be able to get some stability and be able to play in Detroit for the next six years, at least," DeKeyser said. "It's a place I like to play. My family is here. I don't want to go anywhere else."

The 26-year-old DeKeyser had eight goals and 12 assists in 78 games last season and one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has 75 points (14 goals, 61 assists) in 234 NHL games.

DeKeyser was second on the Red Wings in average ice time (21:48) behind Niklas Kronwall (22:00) and led Detroit defensemen in average ice time while shorthanded (2:41).

"I just want to improve year in and year out and be a steady defenseman," DeKeyser said. "That's really my game. I just try to move the puck well, play solid defensively, contribute some points or goals where I can."

DeKeyser signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan University on March 29, 2013.

After appearing in five playoff games for the Red Wings in 2013, DeKeyser helped Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League win the Calder Cup.

The Red Wings have yet to sign goalie Petr Mrazek , who is a restricted free agent. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto.

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