New Jersey Trades Quincey to Columbus Blue Jackets

USATSI_9823631_154158418_lowresThe New Jersey Devils have traded defenceman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Dalton Prout.

31-year-old Quincey has a dozen points in 53 games this season, including four goals. He averages 18:38 of ice time a game and has registered 61 shots on goal.

Quincey was made a healthy scratch on Tuesday night as his Devils took on the Montreal Canadiens.

Quincey was drafted in 2003 by the Detroit Red Wings, going in the fourth round.

He’s a good skater and can move the puck, plus he’s got size on his side with a 6’2, 216-pound frame.

The downside is that Quincey doesn’t always play a physical game, which can make things a little too easy on opposing forwards.

But the Blue Jackets are getting a veteran presence in this deal and that’ll give them a depth boost as the push into the post-season. And Quincey’s contract isn’t a big deal, either.

Columbus is currently 39-16-6, good for second in the Metropolitan Division. They’re seven points behind the division-leading Capitals and tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, although Pittsburgh has one less win.

In 548 career games with the Devils, Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings, Quincey has 152 points. His best season points-wise came with the Kings in 2008-2009, when he posted 38 points and clocked 150 shots on goal.

26-year-old Prout is a sizable defenceman, but he was having trouble in Columbus and only has three points in 15 games this season. He averages 13:03 of ice time thus far and has just six shots on goal.

Prout had tumbled through the depth chart with the Blue Jackets, so he may get a fresh start in New Jersey.

More to come…

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