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Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 5:06 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

There's one team that's ready for the trade deadline, and that's the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After making two deals already this month, the Lightning made two more on Tuesday in rapid succession. They began by dealing Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Kyle Quincey. The Bolts then turned around and flipped Quincey to the Red Wings for a first-round draft pick and prospect Sebastien Piche. Both moves were first reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Oh, this is rich. The Red Wings and Avalanche may not have the burning hatred for each other that they once did, but that rivalry still burns, particularly for Avs fans. So to see them get played by a former Wing to help out the Wings? That can't be fun to see.

But when you sum it all up, it makes Bolts GM Steve Yzerman look like a genius. The sum of the two moves from Tampa Bay's perspective is that Steve Downie was just traded for a first-round draft pick plus more. So a guy who might score 20 goals a season -- might -- while racking up a lot of penalty minutes turns into a first-round pick and a prospect. Not a bad day at the office, I'd say.

Although there is a little irony here in that Downie was originally drafted by the Flyers with the 29th pick overall in the draft. With the season the Wings are having, that's certainly a potential spot for their pick to come in at. But at this point in his career, getting a first-round pick for Downie seems like a pretty good deal to me.

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Combine it with getting a second-round pick for Dominic Moore earlier this week and a couple picks as well for Pavel Kubina, the Lightning are loading up for a major farm system influx to come. They now hold two first-round picks, three-second picks with the possibility of a fourth in next year's draft. The possibility hinges on Florida's conditional pick for Kris Versteeg, just deciding whether the pick is in 2012 or 2013.

For Detroit it gets some defensive support. A weak spot coming into the season, this helps shore up a defensive corps that they are hoping can bring Lord Stanley's Cup back to Detroit. It's a moderately expensive price to pay for Quincey, particularly when you consider he was drafted by the Red Wings and got away on waivers back in 2008. But he's a good, puck-moving defenseman who will shoot and can carry a little scoring load.

The good news too is that Quincey is a restricted free agent, so this isn't a rental situation for Detroit. It makes the first-round pick asking price a little easier to swallow.

Meanwhile, there is Colorado. They get Downie in the deal, a scrappy and physical player that everybody loves to hate. He has some skill for a guy who fills that role, he might get you 20 goals in a good season. He brings the Avs a little more toughness as they try and chase down a playoff spot in the West. They enter Tuesday three points back of the eighth spot.

I can't help but feel like Colorado is the loser in all of this. Even though Quincey was expendable for them and they had been considering trading him with a full stable of young defensemen, it burns a little to see a guy they traded away turn into a first-round pick.

That's not to say they come out awful here, they don't. Moving Quincey out isn't the biggest thing in the world considering he has a salary of more than $3 million and does tend to turn the puck over. It just comes across not looking all that favorable for the Avs to me.

To the other GMs in the league, take note of Yzerman: This is how you sell at the trading deadline.

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Comments

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:16 am
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

Looks like Quincey paid off early against the Canucks. Nice pick up. Dang it.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:19 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

they might choke and fall in the first round. anyways they are picking bewteen 16th and 30th, not bad at all for a player like steve downie. great move by yzerman!

Who might choke in the first round?  I hope you're not talking about the Wings, a first round knockout hasn't been very common the last 10 years.

What do the Wings have to do for people to respect them?  Something like 6 stanley cup finals and 4 cups in the last 18 years, not too bad in a league with so many teams.   Are the Wings supposed to win 10 cups in 18 years? 12 maybe?  LOL

I don't get some of you people.

Anyway, this 3 way trade might work out for everybody involved.   LA needed a gritty forward capable of putting the puck in the net and gives them a lot of toughness.  The Wings get a dman that's a lot better then their current number 6 dmen and capable of playing top 4 if somebody gets hurt.  And Tampa gets a 1st round pick from the Wings for a player they weren't going to pony up for and pay, so good trade for them too.

 



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:23 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

WL- definitely concur that Quincey can help our back lines



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

The 2012 draft for the Tampa Bay Lightning will look like the 2011 MLB draft for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays received around 6 compensation picks for the free agents who left the team. And now the Lightning will have 5 picks in the first two rounds. The chance of them landing an NHL ready star  with their later 1st and 2nd round picks is not very likely, however the amount of picks they will have within such close proximity will allow them to diversify their picks. It also means that the Lightning won't have to draft a player way ahead of their projected draft position in order to fulfill a need, because they will have another 4 to 5 more chances to draft the player later in the round.



Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

Greg Sherman got played like a Stratovarius! Stan Kroenke's bush-league management team at their "finest." Obviously, Quincey is worth something if the Wings are willing to give him a precious roster spot on a Cup contender, handle his $3M salary AND give up a 1st-round pick. Meanwhile, Kroenke cloaks his cheapness as a "thrifty youth movement" ... he'll justify trading away a proven D-man becuase the team has promising (but yet unproven) hands in the minors. As an Avalanche fan I'm sick and tired of Stan Kroenke and his lackeys, in 11 years he's burnt up all the goodwill that the previous owners built up. I just wish he would sell the team to someone who cares about hockey.




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

I'm just glad the cheap shot POS Downie is out of the East. The Avs have their new Claude Lemieux!



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

The Wings haven't bothered with a first round pick in years. They gladly trade theirs away and still seem to find the gems in the other rounds.  Gives them more time to sleep in on draft day too I'm sure.




Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

The Wings have about 5 stars that were drafted far after the 30th pick....we need def help in our back lines.....good move for the Wings....knock out in 1st round, no way in hell. Not this year!



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

they might choke and fall in the first round. anyways they are picking bewteen 16th and 30th, not bad at all for a player like steve downie. great move by yzerman!



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Avs' Quincey goes to Wings in 3-way deal with TB

It will be about a 30 th overall pick. Not too many big stars have been drafted 30 th overall


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