Heading to Denver

Steve Yzerman was clearly sick of Paul Holmgren running the trade deadline show and decided “Hey, how about I get involved in this.” What better way to kick things off than a three team deal.

Here’s the breakdown of what exactly happened.

To Colorado:
Steve Downie

To Tampa Bay (By way of Detroit):
2012 1st Round Pick
Sebastien Piche

To Detroit (By way of Tampa Bay):
Kyle Quincey

For Colorado, I think this is a positive deal. Obviously Quincey is a very solid defenceman but one thing the Avs have been sorely lacking is some gritty scoring. The extent of the Avs toughness up front is, by and large, Cody McLeod who is a pretty one dimensional type of guy. Sure, you get lots of toughness but there’s not much else that comes with the package.

In the Downie addition, Colorado gets a guy who will do the dirty work, stick up for his teammates and score at a fairly good pace. He looks poised to hit the 20 goal plateau once again this season and as another young piece, I suspect he’ll be a positive addition to the team. The key for Colorado is keeping Downie out of the press box for crossing that line he likes to toe. He’s an RFA to boot, so Colorado has some freedom to decide his future at the end of the season.

It’s pretty clear at this point that the Lightning have decided to phone in their season and stockpile draft picks. With the pick they have acquired, they now have two first round picks and three second rounders which could turn into four depending on the outcome of the Kris Versteeg trade. Now, the jury is still out on Yzerman’s ability to draft, but the immense number of picks gives him a lot of flexibility for additional trades.

All in all this has been a very positive trade deadline period for the Lightning. Either they get to stockpile prospects or package the better part of six picks for additional assets. You can’t complain about that. The acquisition of Piche is a nice add in for Tampa, as they get a guy with some offensive tool who may have the opportunity to contribute at some point down the road. Low risk, potential reward.

The Red Wings are an interesting team in this deal as you wouldn’t necessarily figure that they’re in the market for defensive depth, but they have gone out and got some nonetheless. Quincey is a fairly underrated guy, in large part because Colorado has slipped into anonymity in recent years, and could play in the top four of most teams in the league. When you consider the fact that he’ll most likely be toiling on Detroit’s bottom pair, it’s a great sign for how much talent they have down the stretch.

The Red Wings overpaid for Quincey in my opinion, but the part we overlook as armchair GMs is that every player is valued differently by each team. If the additional defensive depth provided by Quincey is what propels the Wings past the likes of Vancouver, San Jose, et al., then the price was absolutely right.

What do you think of the deals? Winners? Losers? Too much? Too little?

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Comments (2)

  1. I happen to like Quincey; I thought waiving him was a rare mistake made by Ken Holland…but Piche and a first-rounder for what has to be the fifth third-pairing defenseman on the roster is a move that looks distinctly odd on the surface to me.

    I’m all for defensive depth heading in to the playoffs…but it’s not like we’re facing a one-and-done year of opportunity with the roster’s cap structure. To be sure, Lidstrom will retire sooner or later, perhaps Stuart chooses to head back out west and not resign here…but if they’re both back next year, we will have an absolute glut of defensemen.

    Certainly it looks like the Griffins are getting Smith back and three or four new defensemen next year!

  2. good analysis in the article and in the comment (especially pointing out uncertainty about stuart and lidstrom, improving the value of quincey’s rfa status), but I think a few things are missing regarding quincey’s value versus that of detroit’s first round draft pick in 2012. first, for all of quincey’s ups and downs over the last few seasons, he established himself as a legitimate nhl defenceman, including a shiny if perhaps somewhat fortunate year in los angeles and currently playing big minutes in denver, as the article mentions. compare that to a first round pick, which is by no means a sure thing; as you say, we’ll see who it turns out to be (just like we’ll see what piche turns out to be). second, ken holland and drafting with only low picks? not too worried about it, as a longtime wings fan. but i also recently read a great piece at the copper and blue which really digs into that topic, which can be found here
    the best part is it even mentions quincey, which brings up another important point: quincey was brought up through the wings ranks and even if he didn’t see a ton of time with the big club, he does have experience with detroit’s system under mike babcock. i wouldn’t worry about quincey not seeing enough ice on detroit’s third pairing. babcock has often mentioned his preference to roll all three pairings as evenly as possible. this move should only enhance his ability to do just that, and defensive depth never hurt any team making a cup run – injuries happen. even if quincey is a theoretical fifth third pairing defenceman, that doesn’t mean he can’t be better than the other four. like the article mentions, the draft pick stands a decent chance of being the last one of the first round. during a season like that, making a “win now” type of move like a top draft pick and a prospect for a roster player makes intuitive sense to me, but i’m no expert (andy sutton made me type that).
    you’re dead on when you say teams value particular players differently, i’m just trying to lay down a few reasons why that might be the case for the wings with quincey. past performance never mandates future results, and a single move only is deemed to be great when hindsight comes into play. no trade can guarantee the wings march to 12 in 12 but they can do their best to increase their odds, and i believe this one works toward that goal. i would go so far as to say i believe detroit could not have obtained a more valuable player (or perhaps better put as “a player they value more than this one”) with the pick and piche in this trade market.
    keep up the great work backhand shelf, really enjoy the variety and depth of your coverage.

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