NHL Breaking News: Reaction to and Analysis of the Kyle Quincey Trade

Kevin Goff@@BrgBrigadeKevinContributor IFebruary 21, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 06: Steve Downie #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Greg Sherman just sent off the first shot for the Colorado Avalanche at the trade deadline for the year of 2012.

Last season, Sherman was quite active, trading Craig Anderson, Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a second-round draft pick for Brian Elliott, Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first-round draft pick respectively.

Today, via Bob McKenzie, the Colorado Avalanche traded defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Steve Downie.

Quincey didn't get long to enjoy life in Florida, as he was immediately sent to Detroit for their first-round draft pick.

Initial reaction is as follows: The Avalanche could have gotten a first round draft pick for Kyle Quincey?

Second, kudos to Steve Yzerman for this one. Quincey very well could have done some good in Tampa Bay, but Yzerman knew what he had this season and managed to get another first-round draft pick.

So Tampa Bay is happy, Kyle Quincey is no doubt happy now that he finds himself on the team with the most points in the NHL, and the Red Wings have got to be happy with another gritty defender who can chip in offensively. So how did the Avalanche fair?

Of all the defensemen on the Avalanche roster that had the potential to be traded, Quincey probably had the best value, but I do think that the Avalanche probably could have gotten a bit better for Quincey.

Steve Downie is a young guy who is gritty and hits but also has a bit of a past that he will bring with him to Colorado.

Colorado could do with a guy that brings the grit and energy that Downie does, but he'll have to make sure to keep himself under control and not do anything to keep himself out of the lineup.

This seems to be a bit of a potential trade for the Avalanche as Downie only has one season other than this current year where he played more than 50 games. In that season he scored 22 goals, so the Avalanche are hoping that they get the Downie that will help them score more.

He also has playoff experience with the Lightning, and performed quite well (2 goals, 12 assists) in Tampa's journey to the Eastern Conference Finals.

If this doesn't work out, then this move could have some seriously negative effects on Greg Sherman and his time as GM.

So where does Downie fit in the lineup? I see him playing on a line with Jay McClement and Daniel Winnik, which now officially makes David Jones an expendable party.

Jones is not a third line checker and hasn't been playing good enough hockey to warrant being in the top six either.

It's now quite possible that the Avalanche look to move Jones on or before the deadline.

An interesting trade that was a clear win for Tampa Bay and Detroit, but definitely has Avalanche fans in "wait and see" mode.