DETROIT >> Restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser doesn’t seem the least bit worried that a deal can get done before training camp.
“I think there’s still some time left before camp so obviously I don’t want to miss that, miss anything like that so hopefully we can come to something here pretty soon,” DeKeyser said after taking part in an on-ice workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Wings general manager Ken Holland made it seem like the sides weren’t even close on a deal.
“It takes two to make a deal,” Holland said during a phone interview from Traverse City. “We’ve had a number of productive conversations, but there’s none of late.”
DeKeyser confirmed that his representatives haven’t met with Holland in nearly two weeks.
“I think we’re going to talk again this week,” DeKeyser said. “I think a lot of times stuff like this just takes some time so hopefully we get it ironed out soon.
“It’s the start of the season so nobody wants to miss the start of the season and all the guys are pretty much back in town and it’s good to have the team back, it’s good to start practicing again so nobody wants to miss out on that,” DeKeyser added.
Training camp opens in Traverse City on Sept. 19.
In 76 games, DeKeyser has four goals, 20 assists and is a plus-14.
The main sticking point according to Holland is finding “comparable” deals.
DeKeyser, who just completed his first full season in the NHL after the Wings beat out several teams to land the much-sought-after defenseman, made $925,000 a season on his two-year, entry-level deal.
“He doesn’t have a ton of experience,” Holland said. “We’ve explored lots of different options.”
The Wings offered DeKeyser a long-term deal back in June which his camp wasn’t receptive to.
Both sides would like more than a one-year deal.
“We’re still hopeful and optimistic that we can find a solution,” Holland continued. “Time off between talking could be good. It’s important to get a deal done that’s fair for the player and fair for the club.”
DeKeyser, 24, is represented by Pat Morris, who’s the same agent that represents Kyle Quincey, who signed a two-deal this offseason worth $4.25 a season.
“They’re the ones, they talk back and forth with Kenny and they just take my input, I mean it’s not like I’m not involved so I’m involved in it,” DeKeyser said.
The deals aren’t comparable since Quincey was an unrestricted free agent. Morris also hasn’t tried to use Quincey’s deal as leverage in DeKeyser’s negotiations.
The Wings have just over $5 million in cap space left.