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Red Wings D Kyle Quincey and F Brad Richards both to hit free agent market, unlikely to return

The roster shake up in Detroit has begun.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press today that neither Brad Richards nor Kyle Quincey will receive new contracts from the team before July 1st, if at all.

Richards, 36, was brought in on a one year $3 million contract last year. He scored 10 goals and 28 points in 68 games during the regular season, and added another goal and assist in five playoff games.

Quincey, who was in his second stint with the Red Wings organization, was acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012. Detroit traded away their first round draft pick in 2012 as well as prospect Sebastian Piche to reacquire him. He finished this season with four goals and seven assists in 47 games after missing a large portion of the year with an ankle injury. His likely departure is due in part to the fact that the Red Wings have numerous prospect defensemen (Xavier OuelletRyan SproulNick Jensen) who are no longer waiver exempt.

Holland also said that he has had conversations with pending free agent Drew Miller, a penalty kill specialist, and hopes to do the same with Darren Helm as well.

 

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