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Red Wings expect to sign DeKeyser before arbitration hearing; not so certain with Mrazek

Petr Mrazek is the goaltender of the future for the Red Wings, and according to the figures his camp has submitted to the team, it appears that he wants to be paid as such.

With Wednesday’s scheduled arbitration meeting looming, both sides submitted their desired salaries on a two-year deal today. Mrazek’s camp is asking for a pact worth $10 million ($5 million a year), while the Red Wings submitted figures of $2.7 million in 2016-17, and $3.15 in 2017-18.

The two sides can continue to negotiate until the hearing date, but at this point it seems that the case is destined to go to arbitration. Jiri Hudler was the last Red Wings player to make it all the way to arbitration, back in 2009.

Mrazek made $737,500 in the 2015-16 season, a season in which he finished with a 27-16-3 record, 2.33 goals against average, and 0.921 save percentage. He is expected to start the upcoming season as the team’s number one goaltender. Jimmy Howard is still on the roster as well, playing on a contract that carries an average cap hit of $5,291,667, which is a likely reason that the Red Wings submitted a lower cap number for Mrazek.

Things seem to be coming together more smoothly on the Danny DeKeyser front, as the team expects to sign him before Thursday’s scheduled arbitration hearing.

“We’ve talked lots,” general manage Ken Holland said in an interview with Mlive.com. “We are having conversations on longer-term deals. Again, we’re going to speak (today) but the agents for DeKeyser and the club, represented by Ken Holland, have basically agreed on what the one-year award looks like.”

DeKeyser led Red Wings defensemen with eight goals in 78 games last season.

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