The NHL trade deadline arrives next Wednesday, with all signs pointing toward the Detroit Red Wings being relatively quiet. However, especially with Henrik Zetterberg done for the regular season, GM Ken Holland may try to swing a deal or two in the coming days.
Detroit doesn’t sell too often at the deadline, but with the injuries piling up front and the depth the team has on defense, it would be wise for GM Ken Holland to get assets for Quincey, if possible. He wasn’t particularly good to start the season, but his game has steadied as the season progressed. He’s capable of playing as a top-four defenseman, and would be an upgrade on defense for a team like Colorado if the Avalanche are interested in bringing him back. An ideal situation would be for Holland to add a player like Edler in a long-term play and sell Quincey in the short term, although that’s easier said than done.
Jakub Kindl’s current injury makes dealing out Quincey a little trickier — Kindl will not play Wednesday night in Montreal and his status for the immediate future is questionable. But since Quincey is on track to be an unrestricted free agent and the Wings are unlikely to attempt to re-sign him, getting anything of value now would be smart.