Kyle Quincey is set to rejoin the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him, after the Wings traded a first-round pick to the Lightning in a three-team deal.
The move completes a whirlwind deal that saw the Lightning trade Steve Downie, 24, to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Quincey, 26, before immediately flipping him to the Wings for the pick and minor-league defenseman Sebastien Piche, 24.
According to Cap Geek, Quincey is in the last year of a deal that comes with a $3.125 million cap hit, a total that easily fits under Detroit's salary cap for 2012. He will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
Quincey was drafted by the Wings in 2003, but was pinched out of a deep Red Wings roster in 2008 and claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings.
He has since excelled at the NHL level, and the Wings hope Quincey will add size and physicality—an area Detroit GM Ken Holland hoped to address at the deadline.
Downie, a former-22 goal scorer, is also in the last year of his deal before becoming a restricted free agent this summer. He is expected to bring a high-energy physical game to the Avalanche front lines.