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Bringing Kyle Quincey back is the latest in a long line of lateral Red Wings moves

When Paul texted me stating that the Red Wings had re-signed Kyle Quincey as the team's answer to not being able to land Dan Boyle, Christian Ehrhoff, Tom Gilbert, Matt Niskanen, Anton Stralman or any of their other targets on defense, I had to step away from the computer for a couple hours.

I wasn't kidding when I said that, as a fan, as long as the team didn't sign Ed Jovanovski or re-sign Quincey, I'd be fine. So I thought I'd sleep it off.  I didn't sleep at all.

And here is what I have to say: if this team is no longer a "destination" for players, it has nothing to do with the coach who happens to drive his players nuts but is also respected by 95% of those who play for him; if this team is no longer a "destination" for players, it's not about the disparity between Detroit's struggles and the suburbs' resurgence as good places to live; if this team is no longer a "destination" for players, it's not about the fact that the rink is at the end of its lifespan; and if this team is no longer a "destination" for players, it's not that the Red Wings have "lost their mystique."

It's the fact that, in each and every occasion where the Wings' management does not land its target, instead of doing the smart thing--and waiting, pausing to reassess its status and looking for creative ways to get better--it makes a lateral move, bringing back a "known quantity" player (a.k.a. some sort of alumnus) in order to plug a hole.

Managerially speaking, for the last three or four years, save the signing of Daniel Alfresson (which worked out wonderfully well), the team's management has been treading sideways. This team has a problem with its transmission--its transmission of pucks from defensemen to forwards--and instead of attempting to fix the transmission, it's gotten new tires, new brakes, an oil change and tune-up, it's gotten a pair of fuzzy dice and one of those fancy K&N air filters, but it's done nothing to address its damn transmission.

And on a day when you watch the LIghtning, Capitals, Penguins, Blues, Blackhawks and even the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Sabres make aggressive moves to make their team better, the Red Wings' general manager and the rest of the front office reacted and responded to their inability to make the team better by spending a significant amount of money to make the team "the same" as it was in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins.

Two more years of Kyle Quincey, at a slight raise, do not address the team's need for a puck-moving defensemen. Two more years of Kyle Quincey doesn't address the team's desperate need for a second pairing that can support Niklas Kronwall's scoring. Two more years of Kyle Quincey does not serve as a "bridge" between the present and "the kids," and two more years of Kyle Quincey doesn't address the team's need for a right-shooting defenseman in any way, shape or form.

The move doesn't harm the team too badly cap-wise, and it doesn't harm the team too badly in terms of holding young players back, but it doesn't really change anything for the better. After today's events, there would've been no shame trying to find a way to make a trade, there would've been no shame in simply standing pat and seeing what the younger defensemen can do in the fall to steal Jakub Kindl or Brian Lashoff's jobs, and there would've been no shame in throwing a Bryan Murray-style hissy fit about uncooperative players or throwing up one's hands and saying,"We're not that far off!" in the same way the Edmontons and Nashvilles (who are that far off) have.

Instead, the management--more than Ken Holland, we're talking about Ryan Martin, Kris Draper, Jimmy Devellano, Kirk Maltby and Mark Howe's pro scouts, Mike Babcock, Tom Renney and Chris Ilitch--made an inherently reflexive move, and in doing so, they've helped cement the Red Wings as a team that tries to fill the bottom of the holes in its boat with Flex-Seal instead of fixing the damn boat.

THAT is why players don't think that a team in transition that happens to have an incredibly difficult time mastering the transition game necessary to maximize its present and future crops of speedy but smallish forwards is a "destination."

Because, without fail, if the team fails in free agency, it instantaneously reacts by plugging holes.

Kyle Quincey, who is 28 going on 29, had a superb second half of the regular season. Kyle Quincey had an OK playoff. Kyle Quincey had enough of a positive impact to earn another 1-year deal. Instead, he gets 2 years at $4.25 million per season, and who the *#$%@& knows whether there's a God-dang no-trade clause in there.

Bringing back Quincey doesn't make the team any worse, but he doesn't make the team any better, and aside from bringing Danny DeKeyser into the fold, the Red Wings have not done anything to make their defense better since Brian Rafalski retired.

As a smaller team up front, even with a strong crop of five players who may make NHL impacts in Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet, Alexey Marchenko, Mattias Backman and Nick Jensen, the Red Wings can't buy their way into becoming a St. Louis Blues or Boston Bruins-style team. They've got to trust in their youth movement, trust in their leadership group and make the kinds of smart, sometimes subtle signings that move the team forward.

Kyle Quincey doesn't move the team backward, but he doesn't move the team forward, and the vast majority of the Red Wings' rivals took steps forward today, while Detroit continued to take steps to the side. And you don't win by skating sideways unless you're Nicklas Lidstrom, adjusting the your angle to the net to get your shot past puck-blocking defenses while on the power play.

Nick's in Sweden, coaching his second-youngest son and serving on VIK Vasteras' board of directors, and the Red Wings really have yet to address his departure.

There's your problem. The fact that the Red Wings haven't been able to meaningfully address it, again, save the Danny DeKeyser signing, is unacceptable. The end.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Agreed.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/14 at 11:33 PM ET

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Mess…

Posted by SlimChance on 07/01/14 at 11:35 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

After today’s events, there would’ve been no shame trying to find a way to make a trade

I’m still hoping,....

Posted by Bugsy on 07/01/14 at 11:36 PM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

Here, here!

Posted by Chip4Pips on 07/01/14 at 11:39 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Sorry, but I regularly saw Quincey having to babysit Smith while he constantly gambled and left his d partner in 2 on 1 situations that required bad penalties and/or goals against.. Then what is described as Quincey’s resurgence is really Quincey switching d partners to DeKeyser. So, just keep him away from Smith who knows he’ll be covered when he gambles and Quincey improves.

The issue I have is the 2nd year. If you’re going to pay Quincey 4.25M: it should have been a one year contract.

HOWEVER, resigning Quincey might make it easier to ship out a defenseman in order to get Yandle, Myers, or Petry (all of whom are supposedly still on the block) thereby making any trade package less costly overall.

Try to look at the potential bright side and think of that if you’re grasping for straws.

Posted by d ca on 07/01/14 at 11:39 PM ET

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oh, and big thanks for those TSN links George. I didn’t know TSN wasn’t the presenting station like years past (and would lock coverage feed on their site) until I tuned in on NHL.com (AT&T Uverse still won’t carry NHL Network and with the merger of DirectTV they will disappear there soon too) and was quite upset until I saw those and was able to watch TSN.

Posted by d ca on 07/01/14 at 11:45 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Sometimes the truth hurts.

Posted by calquake on 07/01/14 at 11:45 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Couldn’t agree more, George. This signing does absolutely nothing for the team except take up a roster spot.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/01/14 at 11:48 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Rough SAT analogy:
Lions: defensive secondary:: Wings: defensemen

Posted by Bugsy on 07/01/14 at 11:48 PM ET

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I haven’t been impressed with the job Holland has done, but aside from the legwand trade, he hasn’t “hurt” the team, and I’ve defended him, even today with the inaction, but this, this is desperate.

This move was pure panic and overpayment. This is the Legwand trade all over, a team that on a single day gets a few blows of bad news, and WAY over reacts to it by going outside of market, isn’t the one thing Holland is at least decent at, not overpaying?  And in both cases, news they should’ve known about, or at least been prepared for.

Had they just lowballed him and waited, and in a week Quincey was willing to resign for 2 years at like $2.5~$3.0mln, that I might’ve been ok with because he’s tradable in that second year, but this is just a terrible overpayment.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 07/01/14 at 11:49 PM ET

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Agreed George.
Part of the problem is that having Lidstrom on your roster makes a boat with holes, still look like a yacht.
He covered up a lot of problems and that may have helped atrophy Holland’s ability as a GM (or the entire Wings braintrust for that matter).

Now that he’s gone, perhaps said braintrust has no clue on how to improve without making big steps?

Or it could be the fact that the Wings know if they don’t make the playoffs, the mostly fair-weather fans that fill the Joe will look to other avenues to quench their entertainment thirst.
So moving sideways is a lot safer than taking a risk that could lead to a big step back.

I for one would love the Wings to roll the dice and make a deal for Tyler Myers.
If it means offering a package that includes a top prospect such as Jurco, then so-be-it.
Take a risk! As of right now, the Wings - if healthy - should finish in the top 5 in the Conference.
But it’s still a long ways away from beating teams like the Bruins in a 7-game set and certainly not even close to winning another Cup.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/01/14 at 11:50 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Hit the Bulls Eye with all you said , George! Well thought out.

How to fix it is an Illitch problem now, IMO

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/01/14 at 11:52 PM ET

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Posted by d ca on 07/01/14 at 11:39 PM ET

I was kind of looking at it the same way to an extent. 
They can’t rely on Kindl or Lashoff as a top 4 that’s a given. 
You realy don’t want to saddle DK with Smith
You also don’t want to put a pure rookie into a top 4 roll when his partner is fairly green himself.

So I get the thought of bringing him back, its the price and term that has me, 2 year at $4.5mln? He’s untradable because he’s not worth the contract.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 07/01/14 at 11:52 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Re-signing Queazy is like sticking a bobblehead of Flo on your dashboard in order to protect you while you’re driving… pretty useless.

Every damn Dman Holland went after had some lame-assed excuse as to why they wouldn’t come here.

Face it ... this city blows ... unless you’re swedish and want to live in Novi.

Tradition doesn’t mean jack .... especially in the salary cap world where all teams are equal. Players want the best shot at the Cup, and we’re not in that position at the moment.

Lets hope “the kids” pan out and can successfully replace Z and Pav and Kronner in a few years.  If they can’t then we’re really in deep doo-doo.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 07/02/14 at 12:00 AM ET

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Nill and Yzerman have done a lot to improve their teams the past year, and Kenny’s track record continues to get worse.  Kenny the last 4 years is your typical 9 to 5er who does just enough to not get fired but is no longer passionate enough to improve on things. He appears to have zero creativity and always goes back to whats familiar. We will be wasting the last few years of Datz and Z just we did with Nick.

Posted by Lenny on 07/02/14 at 12:02 AM ET

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I still have faith in KH unless he signs JovoCop.  Besides, this is an even numbered year which means we won’t have the crazy injuries (right?). 

I’m still praying for a Tatar + 1st = Myers but even if that doesn’t happen, Quincy is an ok signing.  Us fans were looking for a splash but did you really want Niskanen for 7 yrs 42M?  Or Boyle 2 yrs 10M?

We aren’t that far from the same team that played the Hawks to game 7.  Stay healthy and we’re even better with Alfie (if he resigns).

Stop stressing people and drink Kenny’s Kool-Aid, we’ll be alright.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 07/02/14 at 12:03 AM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

bigdee89 brought up an interesting point ... we’ll be OK if we stay healthy and re-sign Alfie.  Now ... if you’re Alfie and you see Holland & co. did jack shit to make the team better, would you bother coming back ??  Would you sign a 1 year $5 mil. contract to come to training camp to see what kid may be the next miracle ??

At age 41, I’d tell the Wings to go whistle Dixie.

I’m not making ther assumption Alfredsson is coming back.  I’ll believe it when I see his name scribbled at the bottom of a contract.  Even then, I’ll be scratching my head wondering why he bothered.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 07/02/14 at 12:15 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I just tried to be coherently angry.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/02/14 at 12:16 AM ET

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I’ve tried to be a supporter of Kenny.  I have.  Sure, I’ve complained about certain moves or non-moves, but hell, I was one of the few on here that thought the Legwand trade was a good idea.  I wasn’t wholly opposed to bringing Sammy back at the time (Sammy does love to shoot the puck!).  I’d seen a lot of Blues hockey and thought Cola would have been a great help to us.  Ian White?  Cool, good signing!  But now…with the last few off-seasons and today…and with this Quincy…I just can’t…can’t….  If Cleary is back in our uniform soon I’m just going to…it’s just…gah!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 07/02/14 at 12:19 AM ET

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Oh, and George, you and the whole KK team did a hell of a job today.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 07/02/14 at 12:20 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I just tried to be coherently angry.

So you’ll be asking KH about this when you’re in Traverse City?

Posted by Bugsy on 07/02/14 at 12:20 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Instead, he gets 2 years at $4.25 million per season, and who the *#$%@& knows whether there’s a God-dang no-trade clause in there.

So far, CapGeek shows no NTC for Quincey. That’s about the only positive in this whole bat-crap-crazy deal.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/02/14 at 12:20 AM ET

Burr87's avatar

Great read George. Very well done.

Posted by Burr87 on 07/02/14 at 12:28 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Wait, 4.25 A SEASON?

This may be the first year I ceased to trust in the Organ-I-zation.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 07/02/14 at 12:33 AM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

So far, CapGeek shows no NTC for Quincey. That’s about the only positive in this whole bat-crap-crazy deal.

KFQ himself is a NTC.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 07/02/14 at 12:37 AM ET

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I still have faith in KH unless he signs JovoCop.  Besides, this is an even numbered year which means we won’t have the crazy injuries (right?). 

I’m still praying for a Tatar + 1st = Myers but even if that doesn’t happen, Quincy is an ok signing.  Us fans were looking for a splash but did you really want Niskanen for 7 yrs 42M?  Or Boyle 2 yrs 10M?

We aren’t that far from the same team that played the Hawks to game 7.  Stay healthy and we’re even better with Alfie (if he resigns).

Stop stressing people and drink Kenny’s Kool-Aid, we’ll be alright.

Dear lord, some people are still praising the epic fail of losing a 3-1 series lead to Chicago like its some sort of impressive accomplishment? 

One or two years of sub par results is workable, six is not.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 07/02/14 at 12:39 AM ET

awould's avatar

Well put, George.

Posted by awould on 07/02/14 at 12:41 AM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

bigdee89 brought up an interesting point ... we’ll be OK if we stay healthy and re-sign Alfie.  Now ... if you’re Alfie and you see Holland & co. did jack shit to make the team better, would you bother coming back ??  Would you sign a 1 year $5 mil. contract to come to training camp to see what kid may be the next miracle ??

Okay for what?

Another first round exit?

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 07/02/14 at 12:41 AM ET

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Wait, 4.25 A SEASON?

Yup! Apparently he earned a raise, and he doesn’t even fit the bill of what the Wings were looking for in any way, shape or form (not a righty, not a puck-mover, etc). Now he’s making more next year than Ehrhoff.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 07/02/14 at 12:45 AM ET

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Welp, here’s hoping for a Career Year from Quincy, since we’re stuck with him.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 07/02/14 at 12:51 AM ET

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That’s a great post.
The defense has been a problem since Nick retired at least. Whole World knows it.

And that’s going to be the third season Kenny can’t make a move to try to fix it, except when DeKeyser fell into RW lap. Not by trade, not by a free agent. And sure he did all possible in some situations and it was not possible to get some players… But again, we’re going to the third year now, c’mon…

I don’t think there is going to be a trade. After all this time and opportunities, would be a surprise to me.

Can only wait for the young guys to break in. Maybe by the end of the season Sproul or Marchenko will have put some show and we will be making space for them.

Posted by Dseven on 07/02/14 at 12:52 AM ET

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George, I had a feeling you needed to take a breather after this cluster-f**k of a day.  You’ve very cogently articulated what I’ve been feeling all afternoon. 

The Wings have failed to address the loss of Rafalski, Lidstrom, and Stuart for the past four free agency periods.  In 2011, we addressed the loss of Rafalski with Ian White and Commodore while the #1 target out there was Wisniewski.  I don’t think the Wings were ever in on Wis, because they wanted to keep the cap space to make a run on Suter.  Given that logic as well as the fact that Wis gets injured a lot and is a douche, I can’t complain too much.  In 2012, went swung hard on Suter and whiffed.  No shame there, but we had no friggin backup plan.  We signed Coloaciovo (sp?) after guys like Garrison and Carle were signed while we waited.  We also lost out on Justin Schultz, who signed with the Oilers.  In 2013, there wasn’t much out there except Marek Zidlicky.  We signed no defense,except DeKeyser, who’s been a nice find but kind of fell into our laps.  Today, we had several legit chances to upgrade (most notably Ehrhoff, Niskanen, Stralman, Gilbert, and Boyle) and missed again. 

If we had signed Derek Morris instead of Quincy, at least he shots right and probably would have gotten less cash than we threw at Quincey.  That would have at least partially addressed a need.  Quincey addresses nothing.  Especially when you give him a raise.

We wasted the last three years of Lidstrom’s career by refusing to go all in.  That netted us some players that we might not have otherwise had if we’d traded picks for vets.  Okay, I get that.  We’re now about to waste the last few productive years of Datsyuk and Zettererg with no upgrades to our team. 

I’ve given Holland the benefit of the doubt for a while.  Going all in for Suter made sense, even though we lost out, but enough is enough.  We’re sitting on tons of cap space and the dollars to spend.  This guy has no plan beyond making the playoffs and extending the streak.  Not good enough.  Not by a damned sight.

Posted by Hank Scorpio on 07/02/14 at 12:55 AM ET

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Couldn’t agree more, George. This signing does absolutely nothing for the team except take up a roster spot.

That makes it largely similar to any move to sign any middle of the road UFA.  That it was Quincey is particularly galling to fans because he was already here.  He doesn’t possess the ‘mystical upside’ players from elsewhere have when they arrive in Detroit, because while those players are in no way undiscovered talents to the GM staff, they are to fans.  Tom freaking GIlbert made 2.8 over two… and he’s Quincey without the defense.  Pfft.

The past two years Quincey has been paid 3.775 against caps of 60 and 64.3 million.  So, he was paid 6.3% and then 5.9% of the cap.  His new deal starts him off at ... 6.16% of the cap.  It’s “more money”, but he has a slightly lesser position relative to total cap committed.

All of that aside: Enh.  It’s two years.  It gives Detroit a solid if unspectacular top 4 and it doesn’t put any real hurdles in the way of young dmen to take on larger roles.  Detroit’s in a rebuild on the fly mode (again), so this is the kind of stuff that happens.  You get bridge contracts from uninspiring UFAs.

A bit of history for those in the throes of apoplexy (which appears to be the large majority of you, unsurprisingly):

Detroit was 9 points out of the 3rd seed in the East and they:

-Got a crappy season from Howard.
-Got zero from Weiss.
-Lost 37 games from Zetterberg.
-Lost 37 games from Datsyuk.
-Lost Helm for half a year.
-Lost Franzen for 28 games.
-Lost Ericsson for 34 games.
-Lost Dekeyser for 17 games.

... and I don’t even think that’s a complete list.

9 points from the 3.  Nine.  (Insert Rooney voice here) Nine.

If the only thing that changes is Howard plays like a 5 mil goalie and not a 2 mil goalie, Detroit’s a 3-4 seed.  If a decent number of those things above change for the better, Detroit’s a solid 3 and challenging for the 1-2 spots.

What so very, very many of you all lose sight of as you hitch up your skirts and take to the kitchen chairs is that Detroit’s actually got a pretty doggone good roster… as long as the players on it play to their alleged levels of performance and aren’t wearing cool suits.  Bringing the lion’s share of that roster back shouldn’t be a pejorative.

Take a deep breath, ya gaggle of hens.  I know… unlikely.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/02/14 at 01:03 AM ET

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We wasted the last three years of Lidstrom’s career by refusing to go all in.

Going all in is stupid.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/02/14 at 01:07 AM ET

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Take a deep breath, ya gaggle of hens.  I know… unlikely.

No, tell us how you really feel,... to follow up, it wasn’t like the division winners out of the East made the Stanley Cup either, and at the start of the playoffs, I wasn’t thinking the Rangers would end up there.

I’m not thrilled about today, but I’m not in full panic/jump off the ledge/kick a puppy mode like most here. He already chose to give up an young asset for his usual trade deadline veteran, he still might for a defenseman. As I said before, I hope,....

Posted by Bugsy on 07/02/14 at 01:10 AM ET

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I agree the Wings are a playoff team, easily, with the roster they have assuming they’re healthy. The problem is a lack of improvement on D for 3 straight years now. No materially positive moves by Holland to give the team what he unequivocally states that they need. Hoping for the youngsters to step up is not a “rebuilding on the fly” plan. The team needs a legit top 3 puck moved on D. Now. Not 2 years from now. Not if they hope to see Datsyuk and Zetterberg lead the team to a Cup finals at least.

This season will be hard to watch knowing that a 1st round exit is the end point and seemingly nothing can be done by Holland to change that.

Posted by awould on 07/02/14 at 01:30 AM ET

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HockeyinHD you make some excellent points.

I take issue with those saying that they haven’t meaningfully addressed dmen since Rafi retired.
2011-12
KH drafted 5 dmen with 9 picks including 2 in the second round (Ouellet and Sproul). Had 16M to spend in free agency so re-signed Ericsson for 3 years. After bidding for Christian Ehrhoff, James Wisniewski and Tomas Kaberle went too high. He then went out and got Ian White (even back then they wanted a right-handed shooter) for 2 yrs and 5.75M (was in SJ’s Todd McLellan’s copy of Detroit’s system). Signed Commodore after losing Meech and Salei to free agency. Re-signed Kronwall in Oct to 7 year deal. The Wings promoted Kindl and got Smith’s toes wet. KH knowing Lidstrom could retire any summer and knowing the Stuart wanting to live with his family/family couldn’t move out of Calif b/c of a custody agreement went out and traded for Kyle Quincey before prices peaked during the trade deadline. They made the decision to hang onto Stuart at the deadline to take a shot at the Cup.

So in the first year the Wings as far as d-men got 2 guys they thought could be top 4 guys from outside the organization, re-signed 2 top 4 guys, made sure their top 2 defensive prospects were progressing, and drafted 2 guys they expected to be able to make the Wings roster in 3-4 years.

2012-13
They traded Stuart for a 7th rounder before the draft. Lidstrom retired. They made a run at Justin Schultz who choose the Oilers and playing time. They sent a large contingent after Suter and increased the offer by 10M (losing out to his wife’s wishes). The choice B defensemen signed elsewhere while waiting for that decision so they took a chance at Colaiacovo (a player that I joke is as brittle as a glass coke bottle) and signed him as free agent and signed Kent Huskins as the 8th d-man. They lost Quincey for a month with a puck to the face and it gave a chance for Smith and Lashoff to prove they belong on the NHL roster. Kindl elevated his game. White, Colaiacovo and Kent Huskins were forced to compete for the 7th spot. Signed free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

So this year they signed a guy they believed at the time could be a top 5 guy Colaiacovo, promoted 2 guys full time, and signed a guy they believed would be top 4 eventually dipping his toes in the NHL.

13-14
Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen and Mike Ribeiro were the targets to replace Filpulla’s pirouetting. The bought out Colaiacovo to get down to 7 dmen. Reached out to Phoenix to find out about Yandle’s price.

Lubomir Visnovsky was the only free agent dman worth noting.

14-15
Made offers to Boyle, Ehrhoff, and Niskanen. Contacted Stralman’s agent.
Signed Quincey (hinted they aren’t done yet, “We need another defenseman, maybe two,” Holland said. “We’ll see what the rest of the summer holds.” From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140701/SPORTS0103/307010101#ixzz36IbRPe00

Posted by d ca on 07/02/14 at 04:49 AM ET

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the Quincey re-signing followed by even the thought of bringing back Cleary really sickens me and I’m sure everyone else reading this site and are fans of the Winged Wheel.

What’s the answer: ending the playoff streak? this current Wings team, while maybe being the 15th, 16th best team in the league has no chance at going past the 2nd round of the playoffs and maybe it’s only chance of competing for the Cup in the next 5-10 years being one that goes to the bottom, gets a top 3-5 draft pick and rebuilds that way, the way Chicago did, especially since who knows what the future of the supposedly best coach in the NHL is.

Sad times in HOCKEYTOWN

Posted by Acim on 07/02/14 at 05:36 AM ET

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Wings are gonna become the new version of the old joke: How many Green Bay Packer fans does it take to screw in a light bulb? 5. 1 to screw it in, and 4 to talk about how great the old one was.

Posted by MoreShoot on 07/02/14 at 06:54 AM ET

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So I thought I’d sleep it off.  I didn’t sleep at all.

GM, if you’re deprived of sleep over the team decisions you have no control over, you’re taking it way too seriously. Nobody, from the water boy to the commissioner, in the NHL is losing any sleep about us.

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 07/02/14 at 07:59 AM ET

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