Jan 1, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (bottom) is knocked down by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey (27) in the first period during the 2014 Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Re-Sign Kyle Quincey For Two Years

The Detroit Red Wings went into free agency looking for help on the defensive side of the puck, but stuck out on every single defensive free agent on the market.

Matt Niskanen signed with Washington, Dan Boyle signed with the Rangers, Anton Stralman signed with Tampa Bay, Christian Ehrhoff signed with Pittsburgh, and even Stephan Robidas decided to sign with Toronto over the Wings.

The back-up plan was supposed to be for Detroit to explore the trade market or promote one of their defensemen from the Grand Rapids Griffins (Ryan Sproul or Xavier Ouellet).

Instead the Detroit Red Wings decided to bring Kyle Quincey back to the team.

 

Kyle Quincey has become the new scapegoat in Detroit on the defense, but was the only defenseman this past season to play all eighty-two games and while he struggled at the beginning of the year, he was not the worst defeseman on the blue line for Detroit.

Even tough Quincey is better than people realize, this is still not a good deal for the Detroit Red Wings because Quincey, somehow, received a $250,000 raise from his salary last season, $475,000 raise in the cap hit.

The good news is that the Detroit Red Wings still have around $9.5 million to play with although a portion of that will be given to Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar.

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