DeKeyser's decision to pass on NHL 

March, 27, 2012
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Danny DeKeyserPatrick S Blood/Icon SMIDanny DeKeyser was coveted by several NHL teams.
He was hockey's hottest college free agent. Until Monday. Western Michigan University sophomore defenseman Danny DeKeyser let Broncos coach Andy Murray know that he wasn't going anywhere after helping lead the school to one of its most successful hockey seasons in recent years. Then he alerted the hockey world on Twitter, with a message saying he was heading back to school for at least one more year instead of signing with an NHL team.

That meant the 15-20 NHL teams that were seriously pursuing him have to wait another year for a chance to add the talented young defensemen into their system. That's bad news for teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers -- a trio among the many interested.

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