It is hard to avoid the fact that the Detroit Red Wings have not exactly made a lot of big splashes this offseason. It feels that going into this 2012-2013 season is similar to when Steve Yzerman retired, there was a new CBA in place, and the “demise of the Red Wings” had begun. The Wings may not be favorites this year, but as is common to say with this franchise, they will be reloading as opposed to rebuilding. In my opinion, part of that reloading begins with the official signing of defenseman Kyle Quincey.
The Red Wings and Kyle Quincey came to an agreement of 7.55 million over a two-year period. That breaks down to a very acceptable cap hit of about 3.75 million / year. Quincey was a solid defender when drafted 132nd overall by the Wings and became one of the first Red Wings casualties of the salary-cap era of the NHL. The problem was in 2008 that the Wings had to make a decision on a few young defensemen, and they choose to place Quincey on waivers, where he was picked up by the L.A. Kings.
Although Quincey may not be the sexiest pick, he is only 26 and has much more of an up-side than many might think. The 6’2” Ontario native did tally 38 points on a below-average L.A. Kings squad in 2008, and with enough time to really get back into the Detroit system he might bring his offensive numbers up again. He moves the puck well and has hovered right around a +/- of 0, which can been seen as quite positive considering he was on the ice against the opponents top lines with a weak supporting cast in Colorado.
The long and short of the signing is this: don’t expect miracles or flashy plays, but most Wings fans should feel comfortable with this solid signing by the Red Wings. Quincey will offer security and good potential for moving forward over the next season, possibly giving GM Ken Holland more time to land that big free agent fish.