The Minnesota Wild have signed Kyle Quincey to a one-year contract worth $1.25MM. The Wild lost Christian Folin earlier today when he signed with the Los Angeles Kings for $850K and Marco Scandella after a trade to Buffalo, so they’ll bring in Quincey to fill some of those minutes.
Quincey of course is a left-handed shot, meaning he’s more likely to slide in behind Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin on the left side, taking Scandella’s place. It’s unclear who the Wild’s final defenseman will be this year, between the newly signed Ryan Murphy and Alex Grant, or youngsters Gustav Olofsson or Mike Reilly. They have plenty of options, and Quincey will just add to that depth after a season split between New Jersey and Columbus.
The 31-year old Quincey can be extremely frustrating at times, but can also go through long stretches of solid play where you may even consider moving him up in the lineup. That won’t have to happen in Minnesota, meaning he can settle into a less pressured role and try to help the Wild get back to the playoffs.