The Detroit Red Wings have landed a significant block in their rebuilding process, winning the sweepstakes for coveted unrestricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

DeKeyser announced Friday afternoon that after a week's worth of talking to a dozen or so NHL teams, he was going with his hometown team, the Wings.

"We're happy," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "You're always looking for defensemen. We're trying to rebuild the defense, and he's 6-foot-3. He's a rangy, mobile guy. He capped off his season by winning best defenseman in the CCHA. We like him."

DeKeyser, 23, was born in Maccomb and graduated from De La Salle High School. He became an unrestricted free agent last weekend when his Western Michigan career ended with the Broncos being shut out of the NCAA tournament. He was never drafted, and thus was wooed by many clubs who saw a chance to add an NHL-ready player - days before the trade deadline - for nothing more than an entry-level contract.

Holland said DeKeyser will be at practice Saturday, but he won't play Sunday when the Wings host the Blackhawks, or Monday against the Avalanche.