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Dan DeKeyser Signs with Detroit

The most-sought after college free agent since Justin Schultz has finally made his decision

Bruce Bennett

Per Uncle Bob, our long nightmare of having the Red Wings be just another plain girl at the dance is over.

Danny DeKeyser has signed with the Red Wings. It's being confirmed by multiple sources, but here's the ultimate one you need:

Terms won't be discussed, but there's no way this isn't a max ELC deal.

If you've been living under a rock for the last few days, you may have missed that there's been some buzz around the hockey world that didn't involve Jarome Iginla. Dan DeKeyser, the 6'3" 200lb defenseman from Western Michigan finished his season with the Broncos and decided to turn pro.

DeKeyser, 23, could have chosen to do this last year, and in fact had quite a few teams drooling over him then, but he chose to return for one more year. He's listed as a clear-cut leader among this year's NCAA free agents. Chris Dilks of the Western College Hockey Blog describes DeKeyser as an excellent skater that plays very solid shutdown defense. He doesn't exactly light the world on fire offensively, but he's got good instincts.

DeKeyser will start his career on a two-year entry level deal which will be two-way and which will leave him a restricted free agent upon its expiry. He will be able to be sent to the minors without clearing waivers, but considering his salary is capped by a CBA which dictates limits on entry-level deals, it's near-certain that his decision to sign was heavily influenced by discussions regarding how much time he would have to spend in the AHL (if any).

There's no word yet on when he'll be available or who he will play with or what number he will wear. All I know is that we got the best player available and we're on top again.

Suck on it, GallopingGreg. Suck on it long time.

(I'd be remiss not to mention that Rob Benneian predicted this would happen a couple of days ago and talked me off the ledge a lot the last couple of days so give him some props)