DETROIT >> Restricted free agent defensemen Danny DeKeyser will report to camp on time after receiving a two-year deal with an average salary-cap hit of $2.187 million a season.
Training camp opens in Traverse City on Friday.
DeKeyser will be a restricted free agent after the deal is done.
In 76 games, DeKeyser has four goals, 20 assists and is a plus-14.
The main sticking point in getting a deal done according to Wings general manager Ken 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.
The Wings offered DeKeyser, who had injuries lasting a least a month or longer in each of his first two seasons, a long-term deal back in June which his camp wasn’t receptive to.
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.
The Wings have just over $3 million in cap space left.
DeKeyser was one of the NHL’s most sought-after free agents last year before deciding to stay at Western Michigan University.
In three seasons at WMU, DeKeyser, who was undrafted, appeared in 118 games and had 12 goals, 37 assists and 107 penalty minutes.
Over that summer the Wings made pitches for a number of prized free agent defenseman including Ryan Suter.