The Monthly Traub is out and in full force right now. There’s just not much to write about at the moment, and I’ve been spending a lot of time writing over at Diehard Sport. Make sure you’re checking out diehardsport.com for the latest stuff and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make your life a whole lot better. This post turned into a bit of a disorganized rant/mess, so bear with me.
The Detroit Red Wings went into this offseason and I was highly optimistic. A lot of cap room, a bunch of terrible players coming off the payroll and supposedly not coming back. That last Freep link was killed for a reason, not sure why, but they wanted to remove any sort of information that said that they were letting all of their UFA’s walk. Anyways, I figured there was no way they would bring Kyle Quincey and Daniel Cleary back and they certainly wouldn’t give the two of them a raise to bring them back. Whoops. The Kyle Quincey signing I hate, but I can at least understand. They whiffed on their big free agent targets
and panicked and went with someone they knew. The pay raise and two-year deal is what really makes me mad. When Kyle Quincey is making more money than Kevin Shattenkirk, Slava Voynov, Victor Hedman and Niklas Hjalmarsson, something is wrong. Hockey and quality of play is certainly not based purely on statistics, there is far more that goes into it, but this stat line (82 games played, 13 points, -4, 88 PIMs) is not worth anything close to $4.25 million a year. Why not give a guy like Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet or Alexey Marchenko a shot? You know what Quincey has to offer, and he’s not exactly going to take the defensive corps and put it over the top and turn the Red Wings into a serious Cup contender again. On a bit of a different note, if you’re a restricted free agent like Danny DeKeyser is, how do you not demand more money than what Quincey is getting? You’re clearly better than him and have a brighter future, why should you make half as much?