Detroit Red Wings
RedWingsSeasonTickets.com Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Quincey explains his assertion of Avs

D-man said, 'I liked that organization and what they did for me'

Friday, 02.24.2012 / 3:44 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
X
Share with your Friends


Quincey explains his assertion of Avs
Kyle Quincey scored a goal in 21:32 of ice-time in his first game with the Red Wings Thursday night. He'll play against his former Colorado teammates Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. (Photo by Dave Reginek)
DETROIT – Newly re-acquired defenseman Kyle Quincey was quick to push the lightning rod as far away as possible from his corner locker room stall at Joe Louis Arena Friday afternoon.

One day early, in his first day back in Detroit since his trade from Colorado this week, Quincey told Yahoo! that many of his former Avalanche teammates were jealous of his pre-trade deadline departure from the Mile High city.

The NHL’s trade deadline is this Monday at 3 p.m. EST.

“Everyone is ready to get shipped out any day,” Quincey told Yahoo. “There’s a lot of guys, their bags are packed beside the door, and they wouldn’t be unhappy to go – trust me. I know I had a big smile on my face, and all the guys were jealous. I think there’s a bunch of guys that were pissed off they weren’t in a package deal.”

Quincey was critical of his old team for not re-signing some of its current players. The Avs only have seven players currently under contract through next season.

But Friday, Quincey clarified his remarks, telling reporters that his words were taken out of context.   

“It wasn’t all in Colorado, it was the whole league,” Quincey explained Friday. “Everyone until Monday at 3 is pretty anxious, that goes for everybody, not just Colorado, everybody in the league. I don’t want to put any of my former teammates in hot soup, I regret saying the stuff that I did, but it wasn’t towards them.

“Colorado is an unbelievable place to play, I had a great time there, I love it there, I bought a house there, and that’s my home now, so the last thing I want to do is get them upset with me.”

Quincey said he hadn’t heard from his former teammates about his comments. But he also stated that burning a bridge with an organization that he spent the last three seasons with was the last thing he intended.

“They know me and they know that I’m not a negative person at all,” he said. They know that I didn’t mean that at all, and obviously being there for three years and how much I liked that organization and what they did for me I have nothing but positive things to say and those things came out wrong.”

Partnered on the Avs blue line with Erik Johnson, Quincey was Colorado’s top-producing defenseman with five goals and 18 assists in 54 games.
 
Now Quincey must face his former Colorado teammates who come to Detroit for a Saturday night game, just four days after the three-team deal that had the 6-foot-2 defenseman bound for Hockeytown via Tampa Bay.

“It’s going to be weird. I remember the first time I came back here I was squeezing the stick pretty hard,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to getting a win as a Red Wing. I’m just very exciting, it’s a very exciting time right now and just looking forward to tomorrow.”

And Quincey knows that the Avs, who are fighting for a playoff berth, will presence a special blend of problems for the Wings.

“They are very fast and very young and when they get going, you know, it’s fun watching them. We just have to play our game and keep them in their zone, just the same as every other team, just wear them down in their own zone. But once they get going they can be offensively explosive and they have two great goaltenders there and a very good D and good young skilled forwards, so they are dangerous if you let them. But if we play our game we should be OK.”

Heading into their game at Columbus Friday night, the Avs are two-points removed from the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

“They’re in a dogfight and they’re not out of it at all,” Quincey said. “There are so many teams in that race, but they are in it for sure, and they’ve been in it for about two months now. Like I said, I’ve been playing playoff hockey for two months now, so it’s been fun.”

Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @RooseBill

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80