Red Wings sign Kyle Quincey to 2-year deal

Detroit decides to keep 28-year-old defenseman

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DETROIT - Kyle Quincey remains a Red Wing.

Detroit signed the 28-year-old defenseman to a two-year, $8.5 million deal on Tuesday, according to reports.

The signing came during a day of failed attempts to get other free agent defenseman. The Red Wings decided to give Quincey, a left-handed shooter, another shot. His two-year, $7.5 million contract just expired, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Wings were in the market for a right-handed top-4 d-man, but there were no takers in a limited pool. Quincey is a serviceable top-6 player who had some ups and downs this past season. The good news is he got better as the season progressed.

In 82 games with Detroit he scored 4 goals and 9 assists, and he was a -5. The key number there is 82. Quincey was a reliable guy (on a team with so many injuries) night-in and night-out, despite some poor performances.

The Red Wings seem to believe in a couple young defenseman who are down with the Grand Rapids Griffins, such as Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet. The move to keep Quincey could be nothing more than a depth one if those two, and possibly Alexey Marchenko, end up hitting the full potential the organization believes they have.

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