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by George Malik on 07/05/12 at 10:59 PM ET
Updated 2x at 10:20 PM: Paul here for George who is preparing for Traverse City..
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
By filing for salary arbitration on Thursday, defenseman Kyle Quincey expedited the process toward getting a new contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
The sides haven’t had much time to talk, with so much else going on for the club. But, now they will.
“Today was something that needed to happen to put pressure on both of us to negotiate a deal in a timely fashion,’’ Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s just part of the process.
“I made an offer. They never really gave me a (counter) offer. We had one sit down meeting before the draft. It puts a deadline on both sides.’‘
If the sides can’t agree on a deal, an arbiter will decide what Quincey will earn. He made $3.125 million this past season.
Update from George: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms…
Detroit Red Wings defenseman and restricted free agent Kyle Quincey filed for salary arbitration by Thursday’s deadline.
Quincey and the Wings can continue to negotiate, but there’s a good reason Quincey filed for arbitration: If it comes to that, an arbitrator is locked into awarding a one-year deal, because at 26, Quincey is one year from unrestricted free agency.
This isn’t a bad situation for the Wings, since Quincey struggled after being acquired at the trade deadline and could benefit from the motivation of increasing his market value via a bounce-back season.
As does the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness...
Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey filed for salary arbitration by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
Detroit’s other restricted free agent, forward Justin Abdelkader did not.
Quincey made $3.25 million last season.
Defenseman Kyle Quincey filed for salary arbitration by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline, but the Wings’ other restricted free agent, forward Justin Abdelkader, did not. The two sides haven’t talked since before the draft.
“We never got numbers from them,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “This had to happen. It puts pressure on both of us to get a deal done in a timely fashion. It’s all just part of the process.”
If no agreement can be reached they’ll face an arbiter to determine what Quincey will earn. Quincey made $3.25 million last season.
“We made an offer and they never really gave me a counter,” Holland said.
Detroit was hoping to give him a modest raise. As for Abdelkader, the Wings would like to sign him to a four-year deal at just under $2 million a season. But since he didn’t file it leaves no timeline for getting a deal done.
“We’ve got the summer to find a deal that makes sense for both of us,” Holland said.
Detroit has 22 players signed for $53.3 million, with a salary cap of $70.2 million. The signed players include forward Gustav Nyquist and defenseman Brendan Smith, both on two-way deals. That leaves Detroit about $12 million under the salary cap with 24 players, one over the roster limit.
DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose also confirms:
Defenseman Kyle Quincey beat the deadline to file salary arbitration against the Red Wings on Thursday. Quincey, 26, was one of 16 players who filed for salary arbitration before Thursday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, and the lone Red Wing to do so. By filing for arbitration, the other 29 NHL clubs cannot give Quincey an offer sheet.
Both the Wings and Quincey will submit a salary figure, and an arbitrator will decide on either number or somewhere between. The NHL will hold arbitration hearings from July 20 to August 4 in Toronto. However, Thursday’s filing doesn’t preclude the Wings and Quincey from still reaching a deal on their own before a hearing date.
Quincey recorded career-high totals in goals (7), power-play goals (4), and penalty minutes (89), while splitting time last season between Colorado and Detroit. In 257 career games, he has produced 18 goals with 77 assists.
The Wings exposed the Kitchner, Ontario, native on waivers before the start of the 2008-09 season where he was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings. The Wings drafted Quincey in the fourth-round of the 2003 draft.
This is the second time that Wings general manager Ken Holland has had an arbitration hearing in his time with the organization. Three years ago, an arbitrator granted Jiri Hudler a two-year contract worth $5.75 million. Previously, the last Wings’ player to have an arbitration hearing was forward Ray Sheppard, in 1995.
Detroit currently has five defensemen – Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith – under contract for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Quincey made $3.25 million last season.
Update #2: The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan reacts as only Kulfan does:
Quincey files for arbitration; Abdelkader doesn’t. As if it matters, they’ll both sign new deals eventually.— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) July 5, 2012
And can u imagine life in the NHL if teams actually considered signing restricted FAs….The news cycle would never slow over the summer.— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) July 5, 2012
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