The Devils today announced that they have come to terms with veteran defenseman Kyle Quincey. The deal is a one-way $1,250,000 contract. Ray Shero made the announcement earlier today.
Quincey, a 31-year-old, 6-foot 2-inch, 215-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario, spent the last “four-plus seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.” He has the unique distinction of having been traded twice in one day, when, on February 21, 2012, he went from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Colorado Avalanche to the Red Wings.
The Devils’ press release says that he played for Colorado from 2009-10 to 2011-12 after playing for the Los Angeles Kings in 2008-09. He was originally a draft pick of Detroit (fourth round, 132nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft) and played his first three years in that organization with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
The press release says that Quincey has 30 goals and 110 assists (140 points) in 495 career NHL games, also totaling 469 penalty minutes. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has eight assists and 38 penalty minutes in 54 games.
His junior totals include 35 goals and 68 assists for 103 points and 327 penalty minutes in 189 total OHL regular season games spent between the London Knights and Mississauga Steelheads. The press release mentions that he also represented Canada in 2012 at the IIHF World Championship.
Ray Shero seems to have a knack for finding guys like Quincey, a veteran journeyman who seems to be on his last legs, and “rehabilitating” them so to speak. Think guys like David Schlemko and Lee Stempniak. Hopefully the Devils can get as much out of Quincey as they got out of the other players that Shero has been able to bring in. He also brings another steadying veteran presence on the Devils’ blueline. Since Andy Greene can’t play all 60 minutes of a game, he should be able to help mentor some of the younger d-men on the roster as well.