Kyle Quincey is one of only two ex-Detroit Red Wings to play for the Avalanche. While Todd Gill was the other, he essentially quit the team midway through his one season in Denver, 2001-02.
The Avs have plans to keep Quincey in a burgundy and blue uniform a lot longer than one year, and they certainly won’t mind if Quincey lays a bunch of big hits on the Red Wings like the kind he did in his preseason Avs debut Sunday night.
Quincey, the principal player brought over from Los Angeles in a summer trade that sent Ryan Smyth to the Kings, was outstanding in Colorado’s 2-1 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center.
Quincey, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound defenseman, assisted on Milan Hejduk’s game-winning
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goal in OT for the Avs (2-1 in preseason). Quincey also had a handful of thundering checks on Blues players in his nearly 20 minutes of ice time.
“It was my first game here, so I got a little bit of nerves in the beginning, but got ‘em out of the way,” said Quincey, 24. “It went pretty well. The guys here have been real easy to play with.”
Quincey posted 38 points for the Kings last season, an excellent offensive number for any defenseman. He showed some reasons why Sunday, moving the puck quickly. He also has a big slap shot, although only four of his 38 points with the Kings came on goals.
“He’s got a lot of poise with the puck,” Avs coach Joe Sacco said. “When he’s in situations where he thinks he’s in trouble, he seems to get himself out of trouble. We’re looking for him to have a positive impact on our club.”
I love Kyle Quincey. Would have led all rookies in assists last year, maybe even points (I forget), if he had played one fewer game the season before so he could qualify as a rookie in his first full season.