The Detroit Red Wings' management failed to sign any of their right-handed defensemen targets on the first day of unrestricted free agency.
But it was the decision to extend Kyle Quincey that left many Red Wings fans angry on Twitter.
This isn't just a case of fans overreacting, either.
Though some responses on Twitter were too vulgar and NSFW to put in this article, the fans generally share the same sentiment.
The Detroit Red Wings should have let Kyle Quincey walk.
Since Quicney was acquired at the 2012 trade deadline, the simple fact of the matter is that he didn't live up to his $3.775 million cap hit on his last contract.
Yet, somehow, Quincey merited an increase in his cap hit, signing a two-year, $8.5 million deal, per TSN's Bob McKenzie. As each of Detroit's target defensemen fell off the free-agent board one by one, Quincey gained more and more bargaining power.
The problem with the Quincey signing, of course, is that it provides the Red Wings with none of the factors that they needed from a defenseman when the free-agency market opened yesterday.
In addition to irritating fans, Quincey's signing blocks other younger players from making their debuts with Detroit. Hockeytown will have to wait longer to find out whether or not its younger players can play at an elite level.
George Malik of Kukla's Korner summed up the shortcoming that resulted from re-signing Quincey quite well late last night:
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.
Malik points out that the Red Wings failed to address numerous factors in re-signing Quincey, but the main problem is the lack of scoring as a Red Wing.
Nineteen points in 136 games in Detroit since being brought back from Colorado is not getting—and has not gotten—the job done for the Wings. Among their defensemen, the Red Wings need someone to pick up the slack, offensively, behind Niklas Kronwall.
His 19 points in 136 games since then for Detroit are just a third of that at .139 points-per-game. Yet, somehow, that merits a raise, as noted above.
Quincey spent the most time on ice of any Red Wings defensemen this season in five-on-five play, but he managed to statistically be one of the worst defensemen in that situation.
According to Stats Hockey Analysis, Quincey had points on just 26.1 percent of the points that were tallied when he was on the ice. That is second-lowest among Red Wings defensemen, only to Brian Lashoff.
So where has Quincey's offense gone and how can it be found again?
Those are both questions that the Red Wings hope can be answered sooner rather than later. If his offense stays at this stagnant pace over the next season, the Red Wings will be in trouble.
One thing is for sure, though. Red Wings fans haven't been this passionate about their dislike of a player in quite some time, and Quincey could be out the door if his subpar play continues into this season.
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