DETROIT — After losing defenseman Kyle Quincey off waivers to the Los Angeles Kings near the start of the 2008-09 season, the Wings got him back in a two-team deal on Tuesday.
First, Quincey was dealt from Colorado to Tampa Bay for Steve Downie. Then, the Lightning turned around and sent the 26-year-old defenseman to the Wings for a first-round pick next season and minor-league defenseman Sebastien Piche.
“In hindsight we should have never let him go,” Holland said. “He’s 26 years old and we know him and he can play in the top four on the blue line.
“We’ve managed our draft picks for the most part since 2005,” Holland added. “We felt he’s 26 and in the prime of his career. He fits all we were looking for. And he’s not a rental.”
Quincey (6-foot-2, 207) is in the final year of a $3.125 million contract and is a restricted free agent after this season.
The Wings had inquired about Quincey, but couldn’t come to terms with Colorado. Then, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman called Holland and Quincey’s name was brought up.
Yzerman asked if he was able to obtain the former Wing would they be interested?
“We talked about picks and prospects,” Holland said. “We didn’t want to trade a lot of prospects Steve was interested.”
Quincey, who logged an average of 22 minutes of ice time in Colorado and can play on the second power play unit, fills a void on the blue line with how Jakub Kindl has underachieved since mid-December.
“My worry is about the team, not an individual,” Holland said. “We like Kindl, we think he’s developing. It’s my job to get players for Mike Babcock. It’s his job to use them as he sees fit.”
Last week, the Wings inquired about Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina, who in the end was dealt to Philadelphia Flyers.
“We expect him to be on our team going forward and he improves our team on the back end this year,” Holland said.
Holland added the team is still trying to add depth at forward before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
“We all kick the tires,” Holland said. “I don’t have anything going. In the meantime we’re a better team now than we were two hours ago.”