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Will Mike Green Find His Form Again?

from Steve Ellis of The Hockey News,

For these five players, the challenge will be to find a way back to form. Some struggled with their overall performance, while others dealt with injuries that limited their playing time. Here are five players who need to rebound if they want to land in the money next July:

Mike Green, D, 33 (Detroit – $5.38 million)
Once the gold standard of offensive defensemen, Green has struggled to stay healthy and has played only one 82-game season, that back in 2007-08. He is still capable of putting up solid numbers, though. His 0.6 points-per-game average last season was his best since 2014-15 and would have seen him score 50 points had skated in all 82 games. Detroit desperately needs his help on defense, with the team looking weak on the right side without him. Green will have his modified no-trade clause kick in on Feb. 1 and he could be a prime trade deadline candidate, but he can’t afford another long stint on the injured reserve if he wants to have significant bargaining power next summer.

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And if Green is healthy and there is a market, it might behoove Stevie Y
to be a bit more proactive. The waiting until a week or two at most before the deadline to even broach the topic with the player is needlessly constraining to
the team. Players can and should utilize every clause in their contracts to protect their interests - so long as they wish to stay put or find a specific destination.
Teams can be respectful of a player without tying their own hands.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/08/19 at 09:36 PM ET

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Posted by lefty.30 on 07/08/19 at 10:36 PM ET

Stevie can do that easily I would think not having been around when the deal is struck, hey mike just wanted to know what your thoughts are, get to know you type stuff.  But normal course, its a bit hard to go to a guys around xmas or shortly there after and ask players if they would be interested in being traded when there’s no offers on the table, that type of stuff screws with a guys head, especially if no market materializes from them. More than that, sends a signal to your lockeroom and veteran leadership that your GM has bagged the season early.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/09/19 at 07:03 AM ET


I assume Stevie has a good handle on that having been a player who once had trade rumors hanging over his head.

There seem to be a few GMs who prefer not to wait to the last minute.
Wings could easily retain salary if that helped a team closer to the cap get
a deal done sooner than later.

Will have to look up what the terms of Green’s trade options are pre and post Feb 1st, but if he’s healthy and producing and some younger guys look like they deserve a chance, but most importantly if there is a market, or even one legit offer, don’t wait.

I can’t believe they would consider bringing him back for another deal, however a good a mentor he may be, and no one considers this a playoff team, so hopefully he goes to a team that makes a playoff run, and the message to the rest of the team is opportunity and progress in the rebuild.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/09/19 at 08:10 AM ET

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Feb 1 Green submits a 10 team no trade list. (Full NTC til then)

How that’s “right after Xmas” is beyond me.

Posted by Steeb on 07/09/19 at 12:25 PM ET


Forgot Green was given a full NTC til that late in the season.

I’m sure if he’s healthy and producing there’s a respectful way for
Stevie to lay the groundwork to move him and possibly approach him
about waiving if an interested team might be appealing to him.

If I was in his shoes I might want to know what’s likely direct from the GM
rather than hear rumors.

Anyway, I suppose we’re all curious how Stevie Y’s MO in Detroit will differ from
Kenny’s. I’m rooting for Kenny, too. Why not? A lot of us got frustrated at some of his moves or lack thereof (whatever the reasons) until his last two seasons which began to move the team forward. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate his positives and wish him well.

Already saw an article in the Edmonton Journal titled something like “Seven Trades I Wish Ken Holland had made”. So he’s getting some credit for being sober and realistic. But there’s some early disappointment that he’s not been bolder and more creative in making moves.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/09/19 at 03:19 PM ET

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