Tag: Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith

Detroit signs Smith to two-year, $5.5 million extension


The Red Wings have reached an agreement with RFA blueliner Brendan Smith, signing him to a two-year, $5.5 million deal with a $2.75M average annual cap hit.

Smith, 26, was Detroit’s first-round pick at the 2007 draft and appeared in a career-high 76 games last year.

Despite that games played total, it wasn’t an incredibly successful campaign; Smith’s numbers took a dip (in points and minutes per game, specifically) and former head coach Mike Babcock made him a healthy scratch for Game 1 of the club’s opening-round series against Tampa Bay.

Still, Smith figures to be a fairly key cog of Detroit’s defense moving forward.

He’s scored himself a pretty decent raise — up from the $1.26M he was making annually on his old deal — and should be firmly planted in the top-six group alongside Niklas Kronwall, Kyle Quincey, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Danny DeKeyser next season.

Kronwall ‘extremely disappointed’ with Game 7 suspension

Niklas Kronwall

Niklas Kronwall met with reporters on Wednesday, making his first comments since being suspended for Game 7 of the Tampa Bay series for a charge on Bolts forward Nikita Kucherov:

One guy not interested in talking about the Kronwall suspension was Detroit head coach Mike Babcock, who’d only say “I think if I talk about Game 7, then I won’t get fined.”

As for tonight, Kronwall won’t be the only veteran d-man out of the lineup. Marek Zidlicky has been sidelined by a concussion, forcing Detroit to ice a six-man defensive unit comprised of:

Jonathan Ericsson — Alexey Marchenko
Danny DeKeyser — Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith — Jakub Kindl

Replacing veterans Kronwall and Zidlicky will be tough. The pair combined to play over 41 minutes in Monday’s Game 6 loss in Detroit.

Not just Kronwall — Zidlicky (concussion) also expected to miss Game 7

Tampa Bay Lightning v Detroit Red Wings - Game Three

As if playing without Nicklas Kronwall wasn’t going to be enough of a challenge, it appears the Detroit Red Wings will also be without Marek Zidlicky for Game 7 of their series with the Lightning tonight in Tampa Bay.

Zidlicky reportedly suffered a concussion in Game 6. He did not skate this morning. (Update: Zidlicky is confirmed out, per coach Mike Babcock.)

With two veteran defensemen missing — one suspended, the other hurt — Detroit’s defense is expected to look like this:

Jonathan Ericsson — Alexey Marchenko
Danny DeKeyser — Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith — Jakub Kindl

Neither Marchenko nor Kindl dressed for Game 6, in which Kronwall logged 24:16 and Zidlicky 17:22. In fact, Kindl has yet to appear in the postseason; he last played April 11 in Carolina.

Related: Can Mrazek steal Game 7 for Red Wings?

Quincey (ankle) cleared to practice, can delay surgery

Kyle Quincey

Detroit got some good news on the Kyle Quincey front today, as the club announced the veteran defenseman has been cleared to practice and is able to delay surgery on his injured ankle until the offseason.

More, from MLive:

Quincey, who’s been dealing with bone chips in his ankle since August, saw another specialist on Tuesday. He apparently can delay surgery until the off-season.

Quincey has missed the past three games after leaving practice Friday after only a few minutes due to pain. He’s been taking anti-inflammatory medication. Surgery would have sidelined him for approximately six weeks.

“It started in about August and acted up a few times in the preseason but is kind of an ongoing thing,” Quincey said. “We knew we needed surgery back in October but it was hopeful we could get through the rest of the year. That’s still the plan.”

The 29-year-old rearguard has been a solid contributor for the Red Wings this season, scoring 13 points in 52 games while averaging 19:33 TOI per night. Last month, head coach Mike Babcock was full of praise for Quincey and defensive partner Danny DeKeyser, saying the two combined to make Detroit’s best pairing.

Detroit holds early scouting meeting, ‘absolutely’ wants ‘two or three more right shots’

Colorado Avalanche v Detroit Red Wings

Make of this what you will, from the Detroit Free Press:

In an unusual move, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland gathered all his scouts for brief meetings this week.

“It’s the first time we’ve done it for just one day, and here in early December,” Holland said. The trade deadline isn’t for another three months, and Thursday night’s game against Dallas was only the 26th of the Wings’ season.

“Just thought it would be good to touch base now,” Holland said, “instead of waiting till late January.”

The pro scouts regularly turn in reports on players who could help the Wings and who are deemed to be available via trade.

Holland went on to say he’s still keen to add right-handed shooters, an area of weakness he tried to address during free agency (at Mike Babcock’s behest).

“Would I like two or three more right shots? Absolutely, whether up front or on defense,” Holland said. “But there’s not a hockey store I can go.”

On defense, Detroit is loaded with left-handers: Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Lashoff, Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith. Babcock’s affinity for left-right defensive pairings is well known; at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Babcock-led Canadian team built its blueline on the L-R philosophy, and achieved great success.

Because of this, you’ll probably keep seeing Washington’s Mike Green attached to any rumors coming out of Detroit. Aside from being a right-handed shooter and good offensive weapon, Green is a pending UFA. The Caps, meanwhile, already have some hefty contracts on their back end (Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik) and might be unable to retain Green in a year when they need to deal with fellow UFAs Joel Ward and Eric Fehr, and RFAs Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby.