|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) |
– 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