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Red Wings re-sign Quincey for two years, $8.5M

Jul 1, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

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On the first day of free agency, the Detroit Red Wings are valuing familiarity over flash. Most notably, they decided to bring back defenseman Kyle Quincey on a two-year deal worth $8.5 million (terms via TSN’s Bob McKenzie).

The 28-year-old seems to be a fixture in Detroit, even if it’s sometimes difficult to gauge how enthusiastic that connection might be. He began his career playing a handful of games with Detroit between 2005-06 and 2007-08 before really catching on with the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche. He returned to “Hockeytown” in 2011-12 and appears primed to stick around a bit longer.

This deal is quite similar to the last one he signed with the Red Wings. Quincey signed for two-years, $7.55 million last time around.

Quincey is the third highest-paid Red Wings defenseman and probably earns that description. He’s not the type who tends to put up spectacular numbers, at least with his possession numbers dipping a bit recently.

He’s a player with decent (if fading) offensive potential and a decent amount of snarl. In other words, not the kind of re-signing that will get many people excited, but likely a pretty wise move nonetheless.

  1. thecupturnsred - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Only because our replacements in Grand Rapids aren’t quite over ripe just yet.

  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM


  3. redwingsfan101 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    What a bad day for the Wings…

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      What a bad day for Kenny Holland.. Detroit isnt a place where free agents want to go. Dats and Zetty cant even finish a whole season without getting hurt and we have no big solide D or all star caliber goalie. I bought season tix this yr and they repay me with resigning Quincey…

      Hopefully Danny D can come up solid this yr

  4. bruceeff - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    This free agency period is an abject failure. For a team that is supposedly in a “win now” mode, coming away empty-handed today is unacceptable. The Wings coming back to Kyle Quincey (someone the organization no longer wanted) with their tail between their legs and giving him over four million a year is a real kick in the gut on top of an already miserably disheartening day.

    • bbascom05 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      I went off on someone at work today. Considering I’m not the type to ever, and I mean ever, do this sort of thing I had to stop and wonder why. I honestly think subconsciously that today’s signings (or lack thereof) have made me depressed. You have successfully explained my problems.

  5. LampyB - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    No its because ken holland is past his prime, detroit is no longer a player destination to win, and thus all we’ve been able to bring in are tootoo alfie legwand weiss. What a disaster!

  6. gerwinke1985 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Liquor sales are up tonight in Michigan. While we twiddle our thumbs Yzerman is down in Tampa dealin

    • ryanprzy - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Also Jim Nill is kicking some ass down in Dallas! And we’re left with Kenny Holland, someone I used to have great respect for…

    • chandlerco20 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Reading this as I drink my “Magic Hat” haha Wings are gonna need some magic to make the playoffs this year…

  7. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I was never one to criticize Holland, we have had it pretty good the last 20 years. Now I am wondering if he isn’t getting marching orders from Ilitch. Re-signing Quincey, and for 4.25 per, screams of something a person of diminishing faculties would do.

  8. hockeydon10 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Right on cue.

    Miss out on four of the type of d-men Babcock wanted only to turn around and re-sign the d-man Babcock didn’t want.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      I was thinking Quincey would have trouble getting 2 mil on a one year deal. Even if we didn’t sign a big name d man, losing Quincey was going to be addition by subtraction. 4.25 per for a guy that would be a scratch on a lot of teams makes me shake my head.

  9. thailer35 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM


    No spell check, eh O’Brien?

  10. mshantz22 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Great. Just what they didn’t need! SO tired of Holland and his stupid moves. I have loved the guy for a long while now, but this is just enough. This is the third free agency in which he has FAILED. He has completely failed to improve the roster for the thrid year in a row and I honestly hope he is fired.

  11. jmcurran28 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    This isn’t obviously the news that all of us Red Wings’ fans wanted to hear today but I’m trying to put a positive spin on all of this…

    Boyle is almost 40 years old and basically didn’t want to come play in Detroit, Pittsburgh only got a one year deal on Ehrhoff and Niskanen also had no interest in coming to Hockeytown. Not to take anything away from these players but bottom line they didn’t want to be here. Fine, I’m over it.

    We will just rely on the kids like we did on the front-end this year. There’s some good youngsters coming up from Grand Rapids, and as easy as it is to slam Quincey, he played every game for us last year, and wasn’t all around terrible.

    Plus we still got Anthony Mantha to look forward to! Keep the faith Hockeytown! LGRW

    • ryanprzy - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      I appreciate your optimism. You’re definitely more mild-tempered than I am, but I just can’t shake this yet.

      It’s not so much the one bad day that is today. It’s more that this has is getting to be an ongoing trend for us. I liked the Alfredsson signing last season but we’ve just shat the bed in so many ways the past several offseasons.

      • jmcurran28 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Hey I’m not saying I’m totally at peace with it and I do share your frustrations. Maybe after letting the kids prove themselves for another year or two by doing some exciting things free agents will once again take some interest in coming to play for the Wings.

  12. ryanprzy - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    You know, I was pissed that we struck out on virtually all of our targets, but I said to myself, “At least we didn’t make any BAD moves.”

    Then at about 7:30 I check my phone to see if any late developments came about and…


    Today is supposed to be a holiday of sorts for hockey fans. But not right now, not here in Detroit. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GET US A COUPLE OF COMPETENT RIGHT-HANDED DEFENSEMEN AND NOT ANYMORE INCOMPETENT LEFTIES!!!

  13. adamal17 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I cannot believe that KH brought him back. I understand that yes; he know the system and I think Quincey is a good D-man. But this is the nail in the Babcock coffin. the ONE thing the best coach in hockey wanted was a RH defenseman in his contract year and you can’t even get Tom Gilbert (who I thought was the best option for any price of the RR d-men on the market). If KH doesn’t work out a trade by the end of the summer then I think it might be time to find someone else to take over as VP of hockey operations or GM. There is no doubt that he is still one of the best eyes for talent and I still think he is a great GM but he has to realize that in some cases you have to overpay. Having 20 players on your team (including all D men) being drafted or being their first team is amazing…and no other team can say that but in some cases you need fresh faces…and that takes money…sometimes more than they’re worth. PLEASE FIND A TRADE PARTNER.

  14. bozgood - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Relax Hockytown fans…The sky is not falling! It’s true Holland did not land the coveted right handed (probably about to be overpaid) shooting defense man. Quincy proved to be pretty solid on the blue line for the wings in the second half of the season and let’s hope he builds off that for the up coming year.

    For years we have all said that the Red Wings have one of the greatest organizations in all of sports because of how they treat there own and the success they have had while doing it. By not landing one of the “Top” FA’s available this year, it’s going to provide an opportunity for another youngster to make his mark. Who that might be… I’m not sure but Sproul comes to mind. Who knew Jurco or Sheahan would have the impact they did. Now we’ll get to see how well they have drafted and how well they have developed their own talent.

    Here’s to another great year and making it 24 in a row.

    Let’s go Red Wings!

    • mshantz22 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      I know what you’re saying, but this team is not better than last year’s. Enough with just making the playoffs, it’s time to make a run at another cup.

      • bozgood - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        I couldn’t agree more about just making the playoffs. That’s not good enough. The team is no different from last season. Nor is it different from the the team that beat the Ducks in 7 and took the eventual cup winner to 7 as well. They’re not that far off and I still believe they have the talent right now to make a run at the cup.

        I agree that changes need to be made but at what expense. Tatar or Nyquist, because that’s what the asking price is going to be. The best bet (I think) is to find a suitor for Kindl and maybe you only get a draft pick out of him but that opens up a roster spot for one of the right handed d-men in GR.

    • adamal17 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      I don’t think the sky is falling or that this year’s team is worse (it is going to be better IMHO). I just think that in some cases you need to over pay for what you need. The development of the kids has proven to be huge and it’s great that the Wings are by far the best drafting and developing prospect team but it would be nice to not wait around for Sproul, Jensen or Nicasto (The three Griffs RH d men) for the next year or two. hopefully one of those three (Nicasto is the most tenured) can crack the wings this year though…at some point.

      • mizbinboston - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Isn’t Marchenko a righty too? Haven’t had a chance to see him play, but I’ve heard good things.

      • adamal17 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        He is a righty and would be a good option (he’s a big guy and moves the puck well, but isn’t much of a scorer…I think He would be comparable to what Brad Stuart was for the Wings in his first two years as a shut down guy. I’m looking forward to training camp this year. I think one of the three righties in GR will have a serious shot at cracking the top 7 just on just the fact that they’re right handed.

  15. mizbinboston - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Let’s go Red Wings.

    *head* *table*

    Has anyone signed Ville Leino yet? Please tell me someone has signed him. If not, throw Holland’s phone into the Detroit River.

  16. pwshrugged - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Simmer down, fellow Wings fans.

    It’s a safe signing. The cap number is almost completely irrelevant based on the Wings’ cap situation and lack of holes to fill. Their primary need was a right-handed defenseman; they failed to land one. Niskanen and Boyle were the two major players; Boyle didn’t want to play here (fine), and Niskanen got overpaid by the Caps. Frankly, I’d rather have Quincey for 2 years than risk 7 years (seven!) on Niskanen. Niskanen looks good, but that’s a huge risk, and not the kind of signing Holland has ever made. If he locks players up long-term, it’s players from within the organization.

    That said, it does leave the hole. Quincey patches the hole. He did play better in the latter half of last season, but I concur with the larger sentiment here who are unenthusiastic about him. However, he fills a hole, and that’s what was needed now. Better Quincey for a year or two than rush a prospect right now; the team is young enough.

    The Wings are not a flashy free-agent signing team; their major growth this season will be from their young studs maturing. This season will be fine. They were a playoff team last year despite the second-most man-games lost, and as a result, they developed an arsenal of talented young forwards. Barring a third straight year of horrid injury luck, they’ll be better this year, even if they return basically the same roster.

  17. dtownbeatdown - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I just pooped my pants in terror.
    This can’t be true.
    This is just a bad dream.
    Yea thats it….

    In denial until October.

  18. zetterbergallday40 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    4.25 mil per year to a defenseman that can barely skate, has little to zero offensive ability, has no hockey IQ and turns the puck over at will in the defensive zone.
    Unbelievable, and for the fans that say he did better in the second half of year; that’s great, so now he’s a sub par defenseman instead of a worthless piece of trash.
    Another nobody that will take up a roster spot from out young talent. This is the last straw in my book for holland. Kyle Quincey is a better player for the opposing team when on the ice.

  19. thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    SO many clowns here it’s unreal, what did they want, for Holland to go out and outbid the foolish Capitals? So many clown comments from the clueless. Bunch of fools who would rather not have Quincey and play some complete unknown right? Babcock doesn’t want that, in fact anyone who has have a clue about the game know so Quincey gets 4M in this market.

    Who on D was available? One massively overpaid guy and maybe one or two guys better than Quincey. So it was going to be doom and gloom if they didn’t get who exactly?

    Red Wing fans for the most part are know-nothings who figure they know more than Babcock and Holland, it’s laughable. Yes’ yes rush out and throw around money on the weak crop of FA’s because the stupid fans of Detroit can’t hack an uneventful FA period.

    Idiots the lot of yas

    • valoisvipers - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Well said nuckingfuts!

  20. rbbbaron - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    ” anyone who has have a clue about the game…. Who on D was available? …maybe one or two guys better than Quincey.”

    Way to put yourself forward as someone who has “a clue about the game” and then assert that Quincey was the 3rd best blueliner in this crop of free agents, lol.

    “Red Wing fans for the most part are know-nothings who figure they know more than Babcock and Holland, it’s laughable. Yes’ yes rush out and throw around money on the weak crop of FA’s because the stupid fans of Detroit can’t hack an uneventful FA period.”

    Ah yes, good thing Holland is smarter than beyond any red wing fan’s comprehension. Of course Holland was just going thru the motions when he offered Niskanen $38.5mil for 7yrs and Boyle $10mil for 2 yrs– he merely made those offers to appease the idiotic detroit fans! That whole episode of signaling to Quincey that they weren’t going to resign him, only to come back to him and pony up for more money and term than Ehrhoff got, was an ingenious negotiating tactic! If only these imbeciles could see that had Holland not done that, Quincey would’ve had all the leverage and commanded much more– because that’s what the market was willing to pay the 3rd best blueliner available. Get a clue, morons! Lol

    • valoisvipers - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Of course Holland was just going thru the motions when he offered Niskanen $38.5mil for 7yrs and Boyle $10mil for 2 yrs– he merely made those offers to appease the idiotic detroit fans!

      No. he did that to appease Babs but neither player chose to sign with Detroit so Holland re-upped Quincy. PS Ernhoff also chose where he wanted to go as well.
      Things don`t always go as you hope they will, such is life.

      • rbbbaron - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        You missed the point. nuckinfuts was bloviating about how Holland was too smart to go out and “massively” overpay some weak free agents…except that Holland did try to go out and overpay some weak free agents– and failed! The difference between what Holland offered and Niskanen settled on was marginal. Holland would’ve have paid stupid amounts of money if only he could’ve found any takers, and at this point it looks like the only one willing to do that was Quincey. Go ahead and characterize that as anything other than an act of desperation. But yeah, such is life as a GM who can rest on his laurels…

  21. jweipp17 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Better lock up Danny Dekeyser long term now. And Lashoff and Kindl have to up their games. Jimmy Howard is a good goalie but he needs help in front of him or else it will be another one and done in the playoffs.

  22. kfraser91 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    There must be something flawed in Ken Holland’s pitch to these free agents…
    Seriously, we’ve made the playoffs 23 years in a row! We have pretty loyal, and knowledgeable fan base, and we all know how loyal the front office is…
    What is it about playing in Hockeytown, with one of most exciting 2-way players the game in Datsyuk, one of the best coaches around in Babcock, guys like Z, the young stars in Tatar/Nyquist that players dont want to come to Detroit??! Is Holland being stubborn and not slightly adjusting his terms? what is going on where literally NOBODY wants to come here and compete for a championship?

    Not that i would ever root for my team to miss the playoffs EVER but seeing this result after all the talk of them going out to get a RH defenseman and having Holland swing and miss and then bring back Quincey, who is mediocre at best, AND shoots LH? I hope we get bounced out in the first round again so maybe it will show that its time for Ken Holland to ‘retire’

    Babcock is clearly getting fed up with Holland. The guy is the best coach in the league and he has proven that in the NHL and Olympics. Team Canada dominated with their puck possession and moving the puck out of their zone with a RH and LH defensive combos. We have one RH D on the wings….

  23. imauggiedoggie - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    so, i’m betting babcock is taking a good look here with the recent draft, ufa stuff, and will probably nix any extension offer, if one comes about this year, but will coach through his contract with the wings for 2014-2015 and bolt no matter if the red wings make 24 or not ~

  24. darksidecowboy - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Oh how the mighty have fallen

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