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Danny DeKeyser's Future With The Wings

05/13/2022 at 12:45pm EDT

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

After Dekeyser played in the last home game at Little Caesars Arena this season, he admitted to trying to soak in the atmosphere.

“Anytime you’re in a situation like this where your contract’s up, you never really know what’s gonna happen,” Dekeyser said. “Definitely you have thoughts that go through your head if it is your last home game or not. That stuff will take care of itself in the summer. There’s not a whole lot to worry about right now.”

Dekeyser had to know then that he wasn’t coming back to the Red Wings. His performance level has declined. As much as the organization may appreciate that he’s a Michigan native who gave 10 years of service, the Red Wings are moving in a different direction. In addition to wanting Dekeyser’s $5 million cap space, the Red Wings need roster spots for young defensemen such as Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson. Eemil Viro may also be close to ready.

Dekeyser hopes he’s not at the end of his career.

“I would love to keep playing if I can,” He said. “I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. That stuff will play itself out in the summertime.”

Dekeyser said his back was feeling good at the end of the season.

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