I think this falls right into the problem Wings had the past few years. The kids development program is too good! When they get the try in the NHL some of them are even better than expected then making themselves really important to the team. As most of the time, veterans have multi year contracts, youngsters are forced to stay in the minors, leading then to this kind of conflict when re-signing them.
Quincey should never had those big contracts. One year should have been enough. Maybe KH is just playing with the fear of losing too many players due to injury like last year.