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Red Wings expect to sign Danny DeKeyser long-term

Reports say Detroit will avoid arbitration with RFA defenseman but remains far apart in negotiations with goalie Petr Mrazek

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The Detroit Red Wings expect to sign restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a long-term contract before his arbitration hearing Thursday, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Monday.

"The player and the club both know what the range would be on a one-year deal," Holland said. "We continue to have conversation on a longer-term deal. I'm comfortable we can avoid the process.

"Danny is Detroit-born, he's happy with his role, happy to be a Red Wing. We are happy with his play."

DeKeyser, 26, had eight goals, 12 assists and a plus-2 rating in 78 games for Detroit last season. He has 14 goals and 75 points with a plus-27 rating in 234 NHL regular-season games over four seasons with the Red Wings. Detroit signed DeKeyser as a free agent out of Western Michigan University on March 29, 2013.

He can receive only a one-year contract through arbitration because anything longer would cut into his unrestricted free agent status, according to the newspaper. DeKeyser signed a two-year, $4.375 million contract on Sept. 16, 2014, as a restricted free agent.

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek's new contract likely will be settled through arbitration; the two sides remain far apart on salary terms, the Detroit News reported. Mrazek's hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

The 24-year-old goalie was 27-16-6 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 54 games last season.

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