It’s been a difficult offseason thus far for the Red Wings fans who patiently await word on which defenseman could be the newest addition to the blue line this upcoming year. After being unable to sign the likes of Dan Boyle, Matt Niskanen, and Anton Stralman last week Ken Holland and the Red Wings front office now turn to the trade market to fulfill that need.
Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle was the first big name defenseman who we heard could be a target of the Wings followed by Buffalo’s Tyler Myers who’s signed for the next several seasons but will command a large haul in return. With that said according to several sources including FOXSports.com and Ansar Khan of Mlive.com the Wings have now turned their attention to Washington’s Mike Green.
According to the various reports, as the Caps went ahead and signed Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen this offseason they’ve all of a sudden found themselves just $1.113M under the cap (according to CapGeek.com) with twelve forwards, two goalies and eight defensemen under contract. Typically NHL teams carry either 13 or 14 forwards which means Washington will need to shed payroll and make a trade to acquire someone to put up front.
Khan also comments on the situation:
Washington has eight defensemen on one-way contracts, one more than they need. Niskanen essentially replaces Green on the top power-play unit. The Capitals have just 12 forwards; they need one more and have only $1.1 million of cap space. Unloading Green would give them flexibility.
Currently Green is in the final year of his contract that pays him $6.2M this year. Obviously he seems like the perfect guy to be traded and the Wings seem like the perfect partner to trade with given their overload of young talented forwards. This of course too is despite Washington saying they have no plans to trade Green (as of yet).
Now before you go on and proclaim that Green could be had at a lower price than Myers you may need to slow down. Yes Green will turn 29 in October and is older than Myers enter the final year of his deal. However Green was one of Washington’s more productive blue liners last year scoring nine goals and 38 points in 70 games while logging 22 minutes a game. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Green has also been consistent throughout his career scoring 103 goals (51 power play goals), notching 212 assists and is a plus-43 in 503 games.
So what does this all add up to? If the Wings want Green they’re still going to have to pay a pretty hefty price. The big question though is he worth it given the one-year deal?