DETROIT — Defenseman Kyle Quincey filed for salary arbitration by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline, but the Wings’ other restricted free agent, forward Justin Abdelkader, did not.
The two sides haven’t talked since before the draft.
“We never got numbers from them,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “This had to happen. It puts pressure on both of us to get a deal done in a timely fashion. It’s all just part of the process.”
If no agreement can be reached they’ll face an arbiter to determine what Quincey will earn.
Quincey made $3.25 million last season.
“We made an offer and they never really gave me a counter,” Holland said.
Detroit was hoping to give him a modest raise.
As for Abdelkader, the Wings would like to sign him to a four-year deal at just under $2 million a season. But since he didn’t file it leaves no timeline for getting a deal done.
“We’ve got the summer to find a deal that makes sense for both of us,” Holland said.
Detroit has 22 players signed for $53.3 million, with a salary cap of $70.2 million. The signed players include forward Gustav Nyquist and defenseman Brendan Smith, both on two-way deals.
That leaves Detroit about $12 million under the salary cap with 24 players, one over the roster limit.