With a couple arbitration hearing dates quickly closing in, the Detroit Red Wings have avoided it altogether with Danny DeKeyser, locking him up for the foreseeable future.
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The deal is for $30 million over the 6-year span, giving him a $5 million yearly salary. DeKeyser was reportedly looking for a contract in the $5 million a year range when the first whisperings about arbitration started popping up. This gives the Red Wings a solid stay-at-home defender to take over top-line minutes as Niklas Kronwall and eventually Jonathan Ericsson start taking fewer and fewer minutes.
The last big name Detroit has to worry about is Petr Mrazek. Word is that the two sides are still far apart on salary heading into Wednesday’s arbitration hearing, which is looking more and more likely to happen. The Red Wings were last looking for a 2-year contract for Mrazek, worth $2.7 million in the first year, and $3.15 million in the last. Mrazek would also remain a restricted free agent after the expiration of this proposed deal, as he’d still only be 26. In contrast, Mrazek was asking for $5 million in each year for the 2-year deal.