Kyle Quincey Back to Detroit
The Detroit Red Wings might have solved their defence dilemma with what I think is a great move for the organization going forward.
Kyle Quincey, drafted 132nd overall by Detroit in 2003, was dealt from the Colorado Avalanche to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and immediately sent to Detroit for the Red Wings' 1st Round Pick in 2012 and prospect Sebastien Piche.
Piche is a mainstay on the ECHL Toledo Walleye and was only moved because Detroit had 51 contracted players (NHL limit is 50).
Quincey was a call up frequently with Detroit, but a hand injury made him lose the whole 2007-08 season. He was a practice palyer with Detroit's 2008 Cup Championshio team, but did not qualify for a ring or his name on the trophy.
He was placed on waivers the following year and claimed by Los Angeles. He also played for the Avs on a full time basis, and is now effectively the Red Wings 5th best defenceman, ahead of Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson. Maybe Quincey will actually make Ericsson look good, but that's a far cry.
Quincey is also a guy that can be used on the second powerplay. He has five goals, 18 assists for 23 points in 54 games (almost a point every other game) and has 60 penalty minutes. He's only a minus one on a bad Colorado team, and with a guy that can play on the powerplay, well defensively and mix it up and scrap, this deal is great for the Wings. Most likely Kindl will sit, but Ericsson must have taken a huge gulp, which I really hope makes him realize his job is on the line.
As for people whining about the first round pick; Detroit gave it up last year too and look who their first pick in the second round was; Tomas Jurco. Not bad. If they want to win now, then Quincey is a great pickup.
He's only 26 years old. I'm sure Detroit never wanted to give him up in the first place, but back then they had a stacked defensive core and there was no room for him. I see him resigning in the offseason (he's an RFA) and staying for a while. He has the potential to be a top pair guy. With a little seasoning, I think he make a huge impact on the Wings Cup run this year.