DETROIT — Kyle Quincey is headed back to the Red Wings.
Detroit traded prospect Sebastien Piche and its 2012 first-round pick to Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning for Quincey on Tuesday. The Lightning acquired Quincey from the Colorado Avalanche for Steve Downie earlier in the day.
“Kyle is a 26 year-old defenseman who plays 20-plus minutes a night,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said via the team’s official Twitter account.
Quincey had five goals and 18 assists in 54 games this season for the Avalanche.
The trade brings Quincey, a big-hitting defenseman, back to the organization that drafted him in the fourth round in 2003. After finishing his junior career, he spent most of three seasons in Grand Rapids, playing just 13 regular-season games with the Red Wings.
His most memorable stint with Detroit came in the 2007 playoffs. Even though he had played only six games in the regular season, injuries to Brett Lebda and Mathieu Schneider forced Quincey into the postseason lineup. He played 13 playoff games before the Red Wings were knocked out in the conference finals by Anaheim.
That set him up for a shot at the 2007-08 roster, but he broke his hand in training camp and ended up back in Grand Rapids. He failed to stick on the roster again before the 2008-09 season and was claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Kings.
In his first full NHL season, Quincey had four goals and 34 assists in 72 games, but he was traded during the offseason to Colorado. He had six goals and 23 assists for the Avalanche in 2009-10 and then missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.
Piche, 24, had three assists in 24 games for Grand Rapids this season.