(WXYZ) - Unable to secure their top targets for defenseman in the free agency frenzy on Tuesday, Detroit turned to a familiar face, signing left-handed defender Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.
Quincey, 28, struggled during the first half of last season but performed strong in the second half. He finished the 2013-14 season with four goals and nine assists and was one of two Wings to play in all 82 regular-season games, along with Drew Miller.
The Wings were in the market for a right-handed defender but found themselves rejected by all top unrestricted free agents who fit the bill. General manager Ken Holland said he will continue to talk to other teams to explore a possible trade, but there will likely be a high asking price.
Quincey is currently in his second stint with the Red Wings. He was Detroit's fourth-round pick (132nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and spent his first three seasons with the Red Wings before being waived in October 2008. Quincey was then claimed off waivers by the Kings and spent time with both Los Angeles and Colorado before returning to Detroit in 2011.
Quincey's contract makes him the third highest-paid Red Wings defenseman.