Danny DeKeyser’s been without a new deal for over a month now, but he isn’t stressed about the uncertainty of his situation.
“There won’t be any problems,” DeKeyser said of his contractual status with Detroit, per MLive.com. “It’ll be done before camp. So, no one needs to worry about that.”
Detroit has always been notoriously slow on re-inking its restricted free agents, often letting negotiations stretch deep into the summer (last year, Gustav Nyquist didn’t sign until Aug. 20). Of Detroit’s three RFAs this offseason, only one — Riley Sheahan — has inked a deal, agreeing to a two-year, $1.9 million extension on July 1; Tomas Tatar and DeKeyser still remain unsigned.
That said, it’s obvious that retaining DeKesyer is important. The 24-year-old rearguard that blossomed in his second professional season last year — despite missing significant time with a separated shoulder, he racked up 23 points in 65 games while averaging 21:38 TOI. Technically considered a rookie, DeKeyser finished second among all freshman D in minutes per game (only Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba played more.)
As such, it’ll be curious to see what kind of money he gets. DeKeyser’s first NHL contract was a two-year, $2.7 million pact and he’s going to get a nice bump with his second one — but how big? Detroit has approximately $8 million in cap space for him, Tatar and veteran UFA Daniel Alfredsson, but must be mindful of next offseason when it’ll have four RFAs to negotiate with: Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco and Brendan Smith.
After going through tricky ordeals with Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza in the past two summers, the Ottawa Senators would like to avoid similar drama next year.
Forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur are entering the final year of their contracts and can both become unrestricted free agents. As Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen shared, assistant GM Pierre Dorion is trying to get ahead of matters and will be speaking with agents for both players next week.
Recently we shared how the Sens are looking to get a new multi-year deal done with defenseman Marc Methot as well, but with Ryan and MacArthur’s free agency looming next summer, there’s a sense of dread looming if talks can’t progress quickly. After all, when a team loses big time offensive producers in back-to-back offseasons that’ll happen.
MacArthur and Ryan were fourth and fifth on the team in points last season. With Spezza gone, it’ll be up to Kyle Turris to do what he did last season and more to help keep the Sens offense going. With Erik Karlsson putting up monster numbers from the blue line, the forwards have to do their part as well and the production fell off quickly after Ryan.
Just months after making his NHL debut, Landon Ferraro has reportedly re-upped with the Red Wings.
Per CapGeek, Ferraro has inked a one-year, two-way pact worth $550,000 at the NHL level. As mentioned, it comes just a short while after Ferraro made his big-league debut by appearing in four games for Detroit in late March, when he was recalled to replace the injured Justin Abdelkader.
The 32nd overall selection at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ferraro — the son of longtime NHLer and current analyst Ray Ferraro — has enjoyed a decent level of success in the American League, most notably in 2012-13 when he scored 24 goals during the regular season and notched 16 points in 24 playoff games as Grand Rapids won the Calder Cup.
He’ll be in tough to crack the Detroit roster this season, though, as the club already has 13 forwards on NHL contracts and still needs to figure out what to do with RFA Tomas Tatar and veteran UFA Daniel Alfredsson.
UPDATE: Detroit has confirmed the signing, while TVA’s Renaud Lavoie has confirmed the dollar figure and term.
The Anaheim Ducks have decided to take a chance on Dany Heatley, but the Boston Bruins might pass on the opportunity to do some bargain bin shopping of their own.
The Bruins could still use a right winger after losing Jarome Iginla this summer, but they’ll need most of their remaining cap space for restricted free agents Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, and Torey Krug. Even if that wasn’t the case though, it sounds like they don’t have much interest in Lee Stempniak, Daniel Alfredsson, or the other right wingers left on the market, according to CSN New England’s source.
“If we do anything at all it would be a trade rather than a free agent signing at this stage,” said the source. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Bruins could conceivably trade a defenseman given that they currently have an excess and depending on who they move, that might simultaneously free up the cap space necessary to get a get a solid forward in return.
The Detroit Red Wings in particular could use a right-handed defenseman like Johnny Boychuk, but the Bruins might balk at the idea of giving up a top-four defenseman to a division rival.
The highest-scoring player of the remaining unrestricted free agents has signed with the Senators. David Legwand gets two years and $6 million from Ottawa, per TSN’s Aaron Ward.
Legwand played for both Nashville and Detroit in 2013-14, finishing the season with 14 goals and 37 assists (51 points) in 83 games. The 33-year-old struggled in the playoffs, though, going pointless in five games while logging just 13:59 per contest.
In Ottawa, Legwand will try and help replace the departed Jason Spezza, who was traded to Dallas on July 1. The Sens’ top center is Kyle Turris.
The new highest-scoring UFA is Daniel Alfredsson (49 points).
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