The New Jersey Devils are keeping defenseman Kyle Quincey out of the lineup Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens in anticipation of a trade.
Quincey, 31, is on a one-year, $1.25 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
He is expected to be moved by Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline and the Devils do not want to risk him getting injured in a game prior to the deadline.
Several teams are in the market for a defenseman to add to their blueline in advance of the deadline and have inquired about Quincey's availability. It's unclear what the Devils are asking in return, but a mid-level draft pick may be the price.
In 53 games with the Devils so far this season, Quincey has registered four goals and eight assists for 12 points.
Meanwhile, P.A. Parenteau got injured in Saturday night's game and may miss a lengthy period of time, sources close to the situation told TFP.
Parenteau, whom several teams have called Devils GM Ray Shero about, will be re-examined by doctors today to determine if his injury is serious. If that is the case, he is not expected to be traded by March 1.