Longtime Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser feels he still has some hockey left in him and isn’t ready to retire.
DeKeyser, 32, is participating in Vancouver Canucks training camp on a professional tryout in hopes of earning a contract.
DeKeyser appeared in 59 games last season (no goals, 11 assists), often pairing up with Moritz Seider. But back surgery in December 2019 affected his mobility and effectiveness, prompting the Red Wings to waive him often and scratch him from the lineup for several games over the past two seasons.
The Red Wings chose not to sign him this offseason, filling out their blue line by signing veteran free agents Ben Chiarot, Oli Matata, Mark Pisic and Robert Hagg and re-signing Jake Wallman.
DeKeyser appears to have a good chance of getting a deal with the Canucks, who are thin on the blue line, with only six NHL defensemen under contract (Quinn Hughes, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tyler Myers in the top three and Luke Schenn, Travis Dermott and Kyle Burrows making up the bottom three). .
DeKeyser was the longest-tenured Red Wing since signing with the club as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan in 2013. Appeared in 547 games over 10 seasons (33 goals, 113 assists).
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