The Detroit Red Wings are still talking with Danny DeKeyser and his agent on a new deal, which should be completed before Training Camp opens on September eighteenth.
#redwings GM Ken Holland on contract negotations with D Dan DeKeyser: “We’re going to talk again this week.”
— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) August 12, 2014
The Detroit Red Wings might be looking to sign him to a long term deal or it could be more like Tomas Tatar‘s – a short term, but still a restricted free agent when the deal is up.
Keeping DeKeyser around for a long time would be the best option for Detroit, but the financials might not match up on both sides, which means a shorter term deal would be the easier fix for the next few years.
The Detroit Red Wings are not only looking to work something out with DeKeyser, as Daniel Alfredsson could find himself wearing the a Red Wings’ sweater next season too.
Daniel Alfredsson is going to start skating in Sweden over the next week and if it goes well, he will most likely return to Detroit for his nineteenth NHL season. But just because could be returning and is healthy, does not mean that he will be healthy enough to play every game next season.
From Ansar Khan of Mlive:
“Certainly, I don’t look at Alfie thinking he’s going to play 82 games,” Holland said.
While fans might criticize Holland for this comment, expecting a fourty-one year-old player to play all eighty-two games and building a team around that does not usually work out.
Alfredsson struggled with back issues last season and those issues kept Detroit from re-signing him earlier in the off-season.
Because Holland does not believe Alfredsson will be able to play eighty-two games and the Detroit Red Wings are already eating three million dollars from his bonus last season, then it should be reflected in his salary this season. He might have to take a decent pay cut to return.