Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/16/12 at 01:18 PM ET
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
What kind of contract would you give a defenseman who scored 149 points in 143 games over two seasons, with a plus/minus of plus-63?
Now, what kind of contract would you give a defenseman who scored 31 points in 81 games over two injury-plagued seasons, with a plus/minus of plus-11?
Herein lies the problem for the Washington Capitals and Mike Green, who rejected a 1-year, $5-million qualifying offer on Sunday in favor of further negotiations on a long-term deal. He’s an above-average defenseman, and an elite puck-mover. But he signed his 4-year, $21 million contract back when he was the first example above, and at 26 years old he’s now Exhibit B.
So what do you do with Mike Green if you’re GM George McPhee?
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