Red Wings sign DeKeyser to $30M, 6-year deal

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Detroit won 2-1. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration and signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a $30 million, six-year contract.

DeKeyser will count $5 million against the salary cap throughout the length of the deal. Agent Don Meehan confirmed the terms of the contract Tuesday, including modified no-trade protection beginning in the 2017-18 season.

The restricted free agent and the club were scheduled to have their arbitration hearing on Thursday in Toronto.

Instead, the 26-year-old has a long-term deal. The Western Michigan product has 14 goals and 61 assists in 234 regular-season NHL games and has averaged over 21 minutes of ice time.