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Danny DeKeyser Continues To Struggle

02/26/2022 at 2:32am EST

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

DeKeyser’s Game Hasn’t Come Back
The hopes that DeKeyser would be rebounding physically to his old form are long since dashed. Even Blashill has to admit that it hasn’t been the case.

“Danny before the back surgery had a certain strength and skating power that he might never have at the same level again,” Blashill said. “That’s just the reality of having a major injury. Is he to that same strength, power in his skating, same fluidity? Probably not. So he doesn’t have quite the same level of strength.

“I don’t know if he’ll have it again or not. Is he striving to continue … yeah, he works hard in the weight room, works hard off the ice, works hard with our sports science staff to try to get him to be the best he can. At the same time, as you get older sometimes that stuff is harder, too.”

Danny’s Swan Song
DeKeyser, 31, is in the last season of a six-year, $30-million contract. It’s difficult to envision a scenario in which the Wings offer him a new pact. At the same time, he’s unlikely to be a sought-after commodity at the NHL trade deadline. DeKeyser does have a limited no-movement clause in his deal.

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