Why Commodore Was Traded; DeKeyser

Ever wonder why the Red Wings traded Mike Commodore for a conditional 7th round pick?

My initial reasoning was that they had another deal coming and needed to move a contract. My second guess was that there was some gentleman's agreement with Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman because the Lightning basically did the dirty work to get Kyle Quincey from Colorado.

I was semi-correct on both guesses, as you don't usually give up a player for nothing in return (the condition of the deal was that Tampa had to make the playoffs and Commodore had to play a certain amount of games; it won't happen. Plus it's a seventh round pick). They gave up a depth defenceman that would have been playing now when all these injuries happened and Doug Janik would be helping Grand Rapids. Heck, if someone else went down we might have seen Garnet Exelby make an appearance; a scary thought.

However, the Wings DID move Commodore to make room for another deal, just not at the deadline. Have you ever thought about what defenceman prospects we have waiting to play? Not too many. There are a couple good ones that are a long ways away like Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouelett, but other then that, the cupboard is bare. 

Therefore we can assume that the Wings first pick in the draft will probably be a defenceman. What I can also say is something I am 90% certain will happen is Danny DeKeyser will sign a pro deal with Detroit after the CCHA season is done.

DeKeyser is the most sought after college free agent this season. He is a 21 years old, 6'3, 186 pound defenceman currently playing for the Western Michigan Broncos of the CCHA. He is regarded as the most NHL ready free agent right out of college. 

You can bet your top dollar that the Wings are high on his list of teams based on a bunch of facts:

1. He attended the Red Wings training camp last year

2. The Wings have no defencsive prospects, and DeKeyser would be next in line for a job

3. Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart might be gone; even more defensive positions

4. Detroit is his favourite team

5. Detroit assitant coach Jeff Blashill coached him last year at Western Michigan

6. Played with Jim Nill's son, Trevor

7. Why not play for the best franchise in the league?

8. Detroit had seven scouts including Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Jim Nill, Ken Holland, Ryan Martin, Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper at a bunch of his games

9. Bob McKenzie thinks he'll go to Detroit:

DeKeyser's stats are also impressive:

Year Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2008-09 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 58 8 17 25 12
2009-10 Sioux City USHL 41 1 10 11 12
2010-11 Western Michigan CCHA 42 5 12 17 43
2011-12 Western Michigan CCHA 38 5 11 16 38


We can only guess as to where he will end up, but at this rate it seems like he is in position to be a top defenceman in the league and Detroit is in position to grab him with that extra contract. So don't be mad about losing Commie for nothing; it could land Detroit the most prized defensive free agent for the future.

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Kyle Busch