Former Red Wing Danny DeKeyser signs PTO with Canucks

Longtime Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser feels he still has hockey in him and isn’t ready to retire.

DeKeyser, 32, will attend Vancouver Canucks training camp on a pro tryout in hopes of securing a contract.

DeKeyser played 59 games last season (no goals, 11 assists), often on top team with Moritz Seider. But back surgery in December 2019 hampered his mobility and effectiveness, prompting the Red Wings to repeatedly waive him and pull him from lineup for numerous games over the past two seasons.

The Red Wings opted out of re-signing him this offseason, filling their blue line by signing veteran free agents Ben Chiarot, Olli Maatta, Mark Pysyk and Robert Hagg and re-signing Jake Walman.

DeKeyser appears to have a good chance of landing a contract with the Canucks, who are thin on the blue line, with just six NHL defensemen under contract (Quinn Hughes, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tyler Myers in the top three and Luke Schenn, Travis Dermott and Kyle Burroughs including the bottom three).

DeKeyser had been the longest serving Red Wing after signing with the club in 2013 as an undrafted free agent from West Michigan. He played 547 games in 10 seasons (33 goals, 113 assists).

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