Detroit Red Wings Free Agency: Kyle Quincey's Inflated Deal Reflects Salary Cap

Isaac SmithAnalyst IJuly 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21:  Kyle Quincey #27 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2012 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings signed restricted free agent, Kyle Quincey yesterday, ensuring they would start the season (if there is no work stoppage) with six NHL defensemen.

But the dollar value on Quincey's two-year deal is mind-boggling, at a total of $7.55 million.

As Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press points out, this deal now "makes Quincey the second-highest paid defenseman on the team, behind Niklas Kronwall’s $4.75 million."

Now excuse me for being a Doubting Thomas here, but Quincey isn't exactly deserving of such a large dollar value on his contract under normal circumstances.

In his entry-level deal (via, Quincey made $525,000 over two seasons. He put up 67 points over those two seasons playing in 151 games.

That play earned him a contract extension and a pay raise (per to $3.125 million a season.

Quincey put up one point in 21 games in 2010-11 and 26 points in 2011-12, including just three points after Detroit acquired him for their first-round pick at the trade deadline.

Doing some quick math here, Quincey is getting paid $1 million for every 4.32 points that he put up over the course of his last two-year deal compared with $1 million for every 63.8 points that he put up in his two-year, entry-level deal.

Seeing the big drop-off in points then, it is easy to see why anyone would question his motives for filing for arbitration earlier this month.

Quincey is now overpaid and possibly overvalued by the Red Wings. He has used a little patience combined with the increased salary cap and the failure to sign Ryan Suter to his advantage.

I scratched my head with the dollar value on the Jonathan Ericsson contract extension last summer, and I will continue wonder about the Kyle Quincey deal unless he strongly improves his play for next season.

Detroit needs to stop overpaying undeserving defensemen in the hope that they are the next diamond in the rough because, by doing so, the Red Wings are beating themselves.


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