After spending the past four and a half seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Kyle Quincey will be on the move to the New Jersey Devils.
Kyle Quincey Signed by New Jersey Devils
The soon-to-be 31-year old defenseman agreed to a $1.25 million contract for one year. This is a paycut from his previous contract signed back in the summer of 2014, where he was paid $4.25 million over two seasons.
Kyle Quincey was drafted by the Wings in 2003 in the fourth round as a stay-at-home defenseman that could throw the body. He didn’t get much time up with the big club, playing most of his time playing 13 playoff games in 2007, the same amount of contests he played in over a three-year span with the organization. Hard to crack a defense that still had Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, and Brian Rafalski among the members of the blueline brigade. Put on waivers the same summer the Wings signed him to a two-year extension, Quincey showed the Kings what he could do given a full opportunity, putting up four goals and 38 points, the best offensive season of his career to date.
Traded to Colorado for Ryan Smyth in the summer of ’09, Quincey proceeded to have two more 20+ point seasons before being traded back to the Wings from Tampa Bay at the 2012 deadline for Detroit’s first round pick (Andrei Vasilevskiy). During his tenure with the Wings, he has not been able to reach the 20-point plateau, focusing more on developing his game in his own zone.
Standing now at 6’2″, 216 lbs, the Kitchener native will bring what he was drafted for, a responsible defenseman that won’t be pushed around and is not afraid to use his size to throw his frame around. He was one of the few bright spots on Detroit’s shoddy blueline this past season, forming a solid shutdown pair with Danny Dekeyser. Quincey has been an average possession defenseman in his career standing at a 51% CF%, playing over 70 games five times in his career. He ran into the injury bug last season with an ankle issue that limited him to 47 games, the lowest total he’s played through a full 82-game schedule as a regular since 2010-11, suiting up for 21.