The Detroit Red Wings probably don’t have a player that is more maligned than Kyle Quincey. Even Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press has been calling for him to get traded out of town this season. She sites Danny DeKeyser’s eventual return as the main reason for dealing Quincey.
After all, he is the second-highest paid defenseman on a team that has been walking the cap space tightrope all year long. When the Red Wings traded their first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in February of 2012, Quincey was still producing points from the blue line and was a known commodity in Detroit.
At least they believed he was a known commodity.
Heading into last night’s contest between Detroit and (ironically) Tampa, Quincey hadn’t scored a goal in a whopping 51 contests. He managed to squeeze a backhander behind Ben Bishop during the first period on Thursday, and he was joy embodied.
That was his fourth point in in 33 games, and just the fourth goal that he’s scored since coming over from the Colorado Avalanche/Lighting (he was dealt to Tampa, and then immediately swung to Detroit for the pick). With that in mind, this could very well be the final goal Quincey ever scores as a member of the Red Wings.
His contract expires at the end of the season, and it would be surprising to see Detroit re-sign him at this point.