Danny DeKeyser might have made his money, but he’s not about to call it quits.
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Friday that they’ve signed the 32-year-old left-shot defenceman to a Professional Tryout Contract.
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has signed Danny DeKeyser to a professional tryout.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 9, 2022
DETAILS | https://t.co/E8DF9ib7W2 pic.twitter.com/yufOwUM1To
Ironically enough, an injury suffered against the Canucks on October 22nd, 2019 somewhat derailed his career.
That game against the Canucks was the last contest he played in 2019-20. DeKeyser went on to have back surgery in December 2019. He didn’t play an NHL game again until January 2021.
Before the injury, the Michigan native was a stay-at-home, top-four defenceman for the Detroit Red Wings. He averaged 21:27 per game since his first full NHL season in 2013-14.
Recently, DeKeyser has struggled at even strength, but he has provided value on the penalty kill.
The Canucks have signed Danny DeKeyser to a PTO pic.twitter.com/piQjw4bDnb— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) September 9, 2022
A lot of disrespect on DeKeyser today so here's his card from when he was one of the more consistent defensive defencemen in the league for about half a decade before he got hurt pic.twitter.com/eA6zFbW72F— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) September 9, 2022
He would bring a different look to the Canucks blueline on the left side, since his stay-at-home mentality differs from what Quinn Hughes, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jack Rathbone bring.
You’d have to think that if he makes the Canucks, one of Hughes or Ekman-Larsson would move over to the right side of the defence.
Chiasson a Dream
According to a report from CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal, the Canucks might not be finished with PTOs.
Rutherford on another possible PTO signing – You never know, we like Chaisson a lot, we talk about him, we like his character and leadership.— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) September 9, 2022
Alex Chiasson is still skating with some of the Canucks players, as recently as last week.
He provided value on his league-minimum salary last season, especially after stepping into a top-six role late in the season when injuries hit.