Kyle Quincey has solidified his spot as a whipping boy for Detroit Red Wings fans with a dismal performance this season. Despite playing heavy minutes in 29 games, Quincey has just three points (all assists) and is minus-9 on the year — and minus-13 in Red Wings’ losses.
And with Danny DeKeyser set to return from injury sometime this month, the Red Wings will find themselves with an extra defenseman and in need of clearing cap space. So, could Quincey be the odd man out?
That’s the scenario pitched by the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James, who suggests the Wings should deal the struggling defenseman.
Quincey has been mediocre since arriving via trade in February 2012. He’s currently minus-9, worst on the team, and has just three points, all assists, after 29 games. That’s not much of a return for a guy with a $3.775-million salary cap hit. If he could be flipped for a cheaper veteran defenseman or even a draft pick, the Wings would greatly improve their salary cap situation. …
When DeKeyser is back, the Wings could field pairings of Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall, DeKeyser and Brendan Smith, and Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff. … If the Wings need help, they have three choices in the minors: Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and Adam Almquist. None should be reserve players in Detroit, however — they either need to play or stay in the minors —which is why it would be worth seeing whether Quincey can be flipped for a cheaper veteran.
Suffice it to say, most Wings fans would be on board with such a move. Ken Holland’s trade for Quincey — he sent a first-round pick to Tampa Bay as part of a three-team deal — has been a near-complete bust.
The Red Wings have danced around the salary cap all season, waiving Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves to clear space, as well as taking advantage of long-term injured reserve (currently, that’s where DeKeyser resides).
Quincey’s $3.775-million contract is the seventh most expensive on the roster and he’s the second highest-paid defenseman, behind only Niklas Kronwall. Sending him packing would clear up a bunch of issues for Detroit.