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

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TAMPA, FL - APRIL 13: Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on April 13, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration and signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a $30 million, six-year contract.

DeKeyser will count $5 million against the salary cap throughout the length of the deal. Agent Don Meehan confirmed the terms of the contract Tuesday, including modified no-trade protection beginning in the 2017-18 season.

The restricted free agent and the club were scheduled to have their arbitration hearing on Thursday in Toronto.

Instead, the 26-year-old has a long-term deal. The Western Michigan product has 14 goals and 61 assists in 234 regular-season NHL games and has averaged over 21 minutes of ice time.

 

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