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Danny DeKeyser Says Contract Will Be Done Before Training Camp

from Steve Amorose of Fox 17 (western Michigan),

DeKeyser, 24, just finished his first full season with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring four goals and adding 19 assists while being a plus-10 in 65 games. He played in all five of the Red Wings playoff games against the Boston Bruins.

“Obviously wish we did a little bit better and made it a little bit further in the playoffs, but I thought we grew a lot as a team,” said DeKeyser. “Some guys stepped in who nobody really thought could play or didn’t know how they could play, and they really proved a lot of people wrong.”

Now he’s a restricted free agent and is simply waiting to sign a new deal with the Red Wings.

“There won’t be any problems,” said DeKeyser about the negotiations. “It’ll be done before camp. So, no one needs to worry about that.”

read on for a shot video of DeKeyser talking about Mike Babcock...

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

“There won’t be any problems,” said DeKeyser about the negotiations. “It’ll be done before camp. So, no one needs to worry about that.”


I’m liking DDK more and more. I also think he is going to be a pretty darn good D-man. He has impressed me on the ice, and now, off the ice. Here’s to the future!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/26/14 at 08:46 PM ET

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Amen to that Kate! Im really high on D-Key myself. Looking forward to getting underway. In the meantime, GO LIONS!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/26/14 at 10:03 PM ET

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DDK gives me a lot of optimism about our future. There has been a lot of doom and gloom this off-season about our failure to land free agents. We landed DDK,  and I really think he is a blue chipper.  For what it’s worth, I think Smith and Sproul have almost as much potential. In 2 years,  no one will be lamenting failing to sign Sutter or Niskanen or Boyle or any other D. We’re set for the future. I’d bet we are 2nd in the division this year and first next year.

Posted by rbell on 07/26/14 at 11:24 PM ET

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That’s only if they stop signing stop-gap players to fill ‘holes’ in the roster. I really like what Shanahan said about leaving some room for young guys in the minors to come up and actually compete for an opening instead of having a glut of mediocre players on one way deals, making it obvious the only reason to bring up someone from the minors is that they are out of waiver eligibility. I really think the wings need to take a hard look at who actually produces anything and trim some dead weight off the roster.
Still too many third/fourth liners, at least one of whom will probably be playing in the top 6 (I"m particularly looking at Abdelkader and his complete lack of any finishing ability. Also having 6 players for the 4th line who can’t score doesn’t help the team a whole lot…)

Posted by teldar on 07/27/14 at 09:44 AM ET

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Posted by teldar on 07/27/14 at 09:44 AM ET

This.  This, exactly.  (for, like, the fourth year in a row)

Posted by Garth on 07/27/14 at 10:17 AM ET

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When you have only one top 20 draft pick in 20 years, how many top 6 forwards are you going to have?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/27/14 at 10:38 AM ET

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When you have only one top 20 draft pick in 20 years, how many top 6 forwards are you going to have?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/27/14 at 10:38 AM ET

Evidently a plethora according to some.

Posted by calquake on 07/27/14 at 12:04 PM ET

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You mean like Nyquist franzen zetterberg datsyuk.  Hudler.  Filpulla.  Top 6 forward don’t exist out of the top 10.  Where was Clear picked?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/27/14 at 01:27 PM ET

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Tatar, Jurco and Sheahan look like they could become good Top 6 players in a jiffy, too. And then there are the really young guys who have high ceilings like Mantha, Pulkkinen, Athanasiou and Janmark.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 07/27/14 at 03:02 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

In 2 years,  no one will be lamenting failing to sign Sutter or Niskanen or Boyle or any other D.

I’m not lamenting failing to sign any of these guys. I did covet Suter when the chase was on, but, we were never really in the running IMHO. I haven’t given up on Smith. Yet. Hopefully he’s a late bloomer. The potential is there as well as talent.(but I’m as guilty as anyone for my share of Smith bashing)

As far as Boyle goes, too old. The rest of the bunch did not want to play for the Wings. So, who cares.

I’m all in. Drop the puck!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/27/14 at 09:50 PM ET

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I will probably get flamed for saying this (especially by HockeyInHD) but…

Brendan Smith should have been with the Wings during Lidstrom’s last season, just to learn from a multiple Norris Trophy winner everyday in practice about learning his craft…  If memory serves me right, Babcock thought he was ready but Holland wanted him to “overripe” at Grand Rapids… I Know there is an argument for his getting major minutes at GR, but learning from the best damn defenseman this side of Bobby Orr would have been something he couldn’t get anywhere else.

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/27/14 at 11:53 PM ET

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Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/27/14 at 11:53 PM ET

I agree 100%, and I would bet most people do.

Posted by Garth on 07/28/14 at 07:32 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Brendan Smith should have been with the Wings during Lidstrom’s last season, just to learn from a multiple Norris Trophy winner everyday in practice about learning his craft


A big, fat, juicy, you’re right.  I agree 100%.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/28/14 at 08:44 AM ET

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Brendan Smith should have been with the Wings during Lidstrom’s last season, just to learn from a multiple Norris Trophy winner everyday in practice about learning his craft

Playing heavy minutes and in all key situations in the minors outweighs the benefit of watching a guy practice. If not, no kids with any promise would play AHL, they would all just be lapdogs following around NHL teams, watching games in press boxes. He played 10-20 games or something that year, so he was up when the minutes were there for him, that’s enough. 


Unfortuantely the Wings gave that opportunity to Jakub “soft in the corners” Kindl, in hindsight it might not have been the right call, but I don’t disagree with the decision, they needed to see where he was at, he had another year or so of experience and was more NHL ready. Smith was too green to toss him into the fire, and based on his first few seasons of Smith, he might flame out too. Nick’s last year wasn’t too far removed from cup contention, though it was obvious after the season, this current crop was past it’s peak. 

 

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 07/28/14 at 09:39 AM ET

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Murray u have a point, but Nicks last season they weren’t more than a playoff participant who was finished before it ever started.  Smith could have been the 7th defenseman and his achilles heel right now is his positioning which Nick needless to say made that an art form.  There’s arguments for both sides as I posted before… I think Smith will work out fine if given more time.

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/28/14 at 11:00 AM ET

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Smith could have been the 7th defenseman and his achilles heel right now is his positioning which Nick needless to say made that an art form.

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/28/14 at 11:00 AM ET

I think what can be learned from a guy like Nick was his day in day out approach, his work ethic, his even keel demeanor.  Would that have benefit a young cocky kid (at the time) like Smith?  Maybe. 

Positioning wise though, that’s not something he’s learning in practice, or just watching him.  Aside from maybe a pre-season dryland walk through or some adjustments on a board, they’re not working on individual positioning in practice, more so scheme coverage and plays, same thing they work on in GR, along with playing. 

An argument can be made if he was paired with him, Nick would be quasi coaching him on the bench between shifts, that would’ve helped him, but they weren’t going to saddle Nick with some unproven green rookie.  So as the 7th D, 3rd pair guy, they’re not talking much, certainly not in game.

There’s no shortage of game film if he wanted to watch Nick at work, and they have much better and more isolated views than some FSN feed. 

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 07/28/14 at 11:55 AM ET

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Smith *did* say that whenever he came up to Detroit, he paid oodles of attention to Lidstrom, and if you recall, he’s been given video of Lidstrom to watch to help him simplify his game. He didn’t get the time with Nick that some of us would’ve liked to see, but he definitely paid attention, and the Wings have made sure that he’s watched Nick at work.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/28/14 at 12:00 PM ET

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When you have only one top 20 draft pick in 20 years, how many top 6 forwards are you going to have?
Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/27/14 at 10:38 AM ET

should have 6-8 on the roster

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 07/28/14 at 12:52 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Smith *did* say that whenever he came up to Detroit, he paid oodles of attention to Lidstrom, and if you recall, he’s been given video of Lidstrom to watch to help him simplify his game. He didn’t get the time with Nick that some of us would’ve liked to see, but he definitely paid attention, and the Wings have made sure that he’s watched Nick at work.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/28/14 at 12:00 PM ET

With all due respect, “Look, good against remotes is one thing. Good against the living? That’s something else.”
―Han Solo wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/28/14 at 01:26 PM ET

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Smith *did* say that whenever he came up to Detroit, he paid oodles of attention to Lidstrom,
Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/28/14 at 12:00 PM ET

He GD better have!

Unrelated, but who makes the best mentor for Mantha?  We don’t really have a player like him on the roster.  Gus?

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 07/28/14 at 02:03 PM ET

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Franzen? :x

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/28/14 at 06:28 PM ET

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