31-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Kyle Quincey Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Red Wings on a two-year, $8.5 million contract in July 2014.
Quincey, a pending unrestricted free agent, is not likely to return to the Red Wings next season, The Detroit News reports.
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It was thought the Red Wings might let Quincey walk in the off-season, but after they struck out in the free agent market, they signed Quincey to a two-year deal. He doesn't provide much in the way of fantasy production, with only 13 points in 82 games, but he's a reliable defender. Unless you're in a very deep pool, there are likely much better options available for you out there.
Quincey has had some productive offensive seasons in the NHL, but those days seemed long gone after he tallied only three points in 36 games in 2012-13. His defensive prowess, however, did improve as the season went on and he will have a spot on the second or third line defensive corps this season.
The Wings forked over a first-round pick to Tampa Bay to acquire Quincey in February and the immediate returns left plenty to be desired as he picked up just three points in 18 games down the stretch and struggled to adapt to head coach Mike Babcock's system. But any concern about Quincey being unable to make the necessary adjustments were likely erased this July when he was given a two-year, $7.55 million deal to solidify the Detroit blue line. With a top-pairing spot available, Quincey could make a run at an expanded role, which may open the door to another 35-40 point campaign (his last one came in 2008-09 with Los Angeles). Keep an eye on how things are shaking out for him during training camp and be ready to pounce if he's in position to see more ice time.
Once seen as an emerging offensive blueliner after posting a breakout season in Los Angeles in 2008-09 (38 points in 72 games), Quincey has not done a lot to distinguish himself since being acquired by the Avs the following season. Last year, he had just a single assist in 21 games before suffering a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. Quincey should be ready to go by the time training camp arrives, but his fantasy value is very much in question at this point. Assuming he's healthy, he should be given a shot to resume his top-four role for the Avs this season, though he will need to establish himself quickly.
Offensively, Quincey took a step backward last season, posting just 29 points in 79 games, compared to 38 points in 72 games the year before. He started the season like gangbusters, with nine points in his first 10 games but tailed off considerably the rest of the way. This resulted in coach Joe Sacco reducing his ice time from roughly 26-27 minutes a game in October-November to 20-21 minutes in March-April. He also saw less time on the power play as the year wore on. Quincey has all the tools to be a top-producing NHL defenseman but he has trouble putting it all together on a nightly basis. He still possesses some upside, but wait until the later rounds of your fantasy drafts before taking a chance on him.
Everybody's favorite waiver-wire pickup for a while there last season, Quincey came out of nowhere to score 38 points in 72 games for the Kings. He still has some offensive upside, and could line up across from John-Michael Liles on the Avs' power play this season. A good late-round pickup in most formats.
Quincey is out of minor league options and is unlikely to clear waivers, so he'll either make the roster in Detroit right out of training camp, or end up getting shipped to another club via trade. Even if he sticks, Quincey won't skate any higher than the No. 3 blue-line pairing in Detroit, where he'll be a stay-at-home defenseman with very limited fantasy potential.
A depth defenseman who needs a bunch of injuries before we start taking him seriously for fantasy purposes. We're already said too much. Quincey shouldn't be drafted in your pool, the competition here is too tough.
Quincey played all of one game in 2005-06, and might have trouble reaching that number this season as Detroit's lineup is pretty solid.