Today, Kyle Quincey found a new home for the 2016-2017 season, as he was not offered a new deal from the Red Wings this past off-season. Quincey will receive a one-year deal worth $1.25 mil from the New Jersey Devils, according to the Devils official website.
Now, the veteran defenceman will bolster the defensive group in New Jersey, as he will have a pivotal role on the team, as in the off-season they traded away their best defenceman in Adam Larsson to the Oilers for winger Taylor Hall. He will bring a winning background over from Detroit, which has been a lacking factor in The Garden State since the 2011-2012 season.
Not to long ago, Quincey was once considered one of the better Red Wings defenders, but he has shown a decline in play, as his stats have decreased, but overall his salary was not worth paying for what the Wings were receiving.
In addition, the last five seasons in his career with the Red Wings, he racked up 256 games. In those 256 games, he scored 14 goals and assisted on 34 of this teammates goals for a combine total of 48 points. He is also use to around a little over 19 minutes per game.
This is a safe move by the Devils, who look to still be in a retooling phase. Signing Quincey allows the Devils to let their young talent develop, while the 31-year-old defender is used as a stopgap player.
Lastly, if Quincey has a bounce back year, the Devils could get a nice return for him near the NHL Trade Deadline. As previous trades have appeared, they could potentially land two or three nice prospects.