Holland heading to Toronto to make final pitch to DeKeyser

The Wings will get another chance at landing a prized free-agent defenseman.

This time it’s Western Michigan’s Danny DeKeyser.

Wings general manager Ken Holland traveled from Phoenix to Toronto to meet with DeKeyser and his representatives to make a final pitch to land his services.

And just like when the Wings tried to land Wisconsin’s Justin Schultz, money won’t be a problem it’ll come down to playing time and a roster spot in the NHL.

DeKeyser, a native of Macomb, is expected to make his decision by Friday.

DeKeyser has already met with Toronto and is also reportedly being heavily pursued by Anaheim, St. Louis, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Nashville.

Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said this of DeKeyser, “A character player … great size, range, moves the puck well, a very good skater for a big man … solid all-around defensively … knows the game well, plays within his limitations … hard to beat one-on-one because of his range, his reach and his skating ability.”

The Wings hope to have a lot going for them he make his final decision.

First, he’s attended a prospects camp with the Wings in Traverse City.

Second, he’s from Michigan.

Third, he played one season at WMU under former Wings assistant coach and current Grand Rapids Griffins bench boss Jeff Blashill.

Fourth, he played youth hockey with Trevor Nill, the son of Jim Nill.


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