The Detroit Red Wings weren’t big players on the opening day of free agency on Tuesday as their only signing was Detroit-area native Kevin porter to a one-year, two-way contract but they did address the big league club with a little more earnest with the re-signing of Kyle Quincey.
Quincey, 28, and the Red Wings agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $8.5 million, according to the Detroit Free Press as the club brings back the veteran defenseman on a relatively modest deal considering the lavish contracts given to Brooks Orpik, Anton Stralman and Matt Niskanen in the opening hours of free agency.
That could be the price of poked for veteran blue-liners right now, but it’s not necessarily an indication to his production of level of play.
Quincey scored four goals last season and totaled 13 points while playing in all 82 regular season games. He was a minus-5 and added 88 penalty minutes.
Prior to this season, Quincey had six points in 54 games since being traded to the Red Wings from the Colorado Avalanche during the 2011-2012 season.
The Red Wings were interested in Christian Ehrhoff after the Buffalo Sabres bought out the remaining years on his contract before his signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and they have been linked to Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle in trade rumors although he would command a hefty price in return.
Yandle is a complete defenseman and the face of the franchise in the desert on a team starved for talent, but he would be the ideal trade target for the Wings considering they are built to win now and have a number of prospects that could entice the Coyotes to make the blockbuster move.