Since the start of last season, it was one of the most popular ideas amongst Detroit Red Wings fans, but it fell on deaf ears.
Now the still-popular idea might come to fruition.
Both Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press and John Evans of Octopus Thrower suggest that the Wings may finally have to do what many fans have been screaming for since this past January: trading Kyle Quincey.
While Quincey's performance has definitely been an area of discussion (zero goals, three assists, minus-9 rating through 29 games), the biggest reason is money.
Danny DeKeyser is set to come off of long term injured reserve in a couple of weeks, which means all of his $925,000 salary is set to count against the cap. The problem is that the Wings only have $31,000 in cap space, which means someone will be shown the door.
Quincey is the most likely candidate for a multitude of reasons. First, he has a $3.775 million cap hit. If the Wings can ship him elsewhere for a cheaper veteran defenseman or a draft pick, the cap situation improves greatly.
Second, Quincey is only 28 years old. That age is considered the prime for most defensemen. Even though he has not posted strong numbers, Quincey could benefit from playing in a different system.
Also, Quincey is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. With guys such as Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson under contract until 2019, and DeKeyser expected to re-sign, Quincey is already looking like the odd man out.
The Wings gave up a first-round pick to get Quincey from Tampa Bay via Colorado in 2012, so they could net a similar return. Plus with young blue liners Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist, and Ryan Sproul in their farm system, any one could be recalled in the event of an injury.
Trading Quincey is the only logical option at this point. Mikael Samuelsson is likely stuck here because of his no-trade clause and the fact that if he's waived and not claimed provides zero cap relief.
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