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Here comes the Mike Green-to-Detroit rumor overdrive

I'm gonna be honest: I don't know what the hell to make of this stuff. This morning, MLive's Ansar Khan suggested that the Red Wings' "best fit" on defense is one Mike Green. While Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon attempted to debunk this theory given that no one knows if Green is on the trade block to begin with (see also: the Tyler Myers trade fandango):

[L]et’s look at what Green provided the Capitals last season. He had nine goals and 38 points in 70 games and averaged over 22 minutes per game of ice time. Add in that he was also a possession monster for the Caps and you’ve got a very valuable player.

Yes, Green is headed into the final year of his contract with the team with a cap hit of over $6 million, but to think the Caps would easily part with him is foolish. If Detroit wants him, they’d have to be prepared to part with a couple of their hot prospect forwards.

But Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner just posted this:

According to a team source, the Detroit Red Wings have determined Washington defenseman Mike Green is their top trade target. The source says the Wings have reached out to the Capitals regarding Green's availability.

Although Washington has indicated Green is staying put, moving the right-handed defenseman would make sense given the team's cap situation.

Regner continues...

The source says Detroit's ultimate wish is to add a veteran right-handed defenseman for the short term, because it feels several of its young defensemen will be NHL-ready after another season in Grand Rapids.

The opportunity in Detroit is ideal for both parties, but there's no need for Washington to hurry into a trade. The source indicated that the longer Washington holds onto Green, more teams will express interest and therefore drive up the Caps' asking price.

Green does have a modified trade clause, though, so the number of teams that can afford his contract and he's willing to go to appears to be a short list, according to the team source.

The source says the Wings would like to move quickly for Green, and are hopeful they can work out a trade soon.

That's swell and all, but it's July, and with free agents still available, there's absolutely no need for Washington to do anything other than hold onto Green until the trade deadline. The Capitals may be $1.13 million in Capgeek-estimated space from the cap ceiling, but they have their entire team signed and intact, and they don't even need to be within 10% of the upper limit (which they are not over) by October.

Why would the Capitals "help" the Red Wings unless the team were willing to part with the same kind of package Myers would supposedly require, a top young forward, a top prospect and a 1st-round draft pick, and why wouldn't they ask for Gustav Nyquist or Anthony Mantha as starting-price requirements?

Washington doesn't need to move Green unless they receive an over-value return for a 40-point-scoring defenseman, which would indeed involve some of the team's young contributing roster players and top prospects.

It's nice to want. It's another thing to pay an exorbitant asking price.

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I can’t wait until the trade deadline so we can read this again:

It’s nice to want. It’s another thing to pay an exorbitant asking price.

Posted by A II R on 07/08/14 at 01:23 PM ET

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If Detroit wants him, they’d have to be prepared to part with a couple of their hot prospect forwards.

Because Mantha+Tatar would be a real asking price for what would amount to a rental player.  KH was desperate for Legwand and I still don’t blame him for that trade due to the injuries at center at the time but anything beyond a mid-tier prospect and a pick would be too much.

Posted by neffernin on 07/08/14 at 01:26 PM ET

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If Green loses his spot, if Green doesn’t perform well, if Green decides he doesn’t want to re-sign with Washington, then they lose leverage. Right now they’ve got no reason to do anything but keep their blueline stacked unless someone gives them a “home run” return. That may go down to a “base hit” as the season progresses.

The summertime is the worst time to make a deal. You can see the number of trades that have been made since the draft as an indicator of what the market’s like—dead.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/08/14 at 01:30 PM ET

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Wings should just stand pat and wait.

Someone will have a d-man whose situation deteriorates and their hand will be more forced.  It might be Myers, Green, Yandle, Subban, Weber…  I’ve said the NYR have a situation with Staal/McDonagh/Girardi and I don’t know that they can keep all 3.

Maybe Erik Karlsson decides “Eff this, I’m out” in OTT.  Maybe the Leafs finally move Phaneuf.  Maybe Suter looks around in MIN and goes “Uhhh, WTF did I do coming here?”.  Maybe some dominos fall and CHI has to part with someone to keep both Toews and Kane.

There are lots of potential options and no reason to overpay now, given your pickings.

Posted by Primis on 07/08/14 at 01:33 PM ET

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I say stand pat at least until the strat of the season.  Green with only 1 year remaining is a problem for me. He can walk after one year and we lose all assets we gave up for him.

Wait until other teams get more desperate due to cap issues and injuries.

Wait and see if the GR kids can take a job away.  If anyting I would be trying to deal Kindl, Lashoff for picks.  Signing Quincey was a knee jerk reaction from Holland and I doubt he can be traded as he is overpaid.

I watched Green with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL and he has offense but he is a risk on defence and isn’t the brightest pebble on the beach.

Myers has been going the wrong direction of recent years.

Holland trades haven’t been great overall so stand pat and enjoy the summer.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/08/14 at 02:04 PM ET

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The source says Detroit’s ultimate wish is to add a veteran right-handed defenseman for the short term, because it feels several of its young defensemen will be NHL-ready after another season in Grand Rapids.

Then there is absolutely zero reason to trade for Green. This team isn’t close to competing for anything.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 07/08/14 at 02:10 PM ET

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Mike Green, the “NHL star,” is a creation of the NHL PR flacks in NY. Mike Green, the Caps D-man, is an average D-man who is paid like a top 5 D-man and who can’t stay healthy. Once in his career he has played 82 games.  He had two good seasons, 08-09 & 09-10. Since then, there has been a huge drop off. He has played in only 63% of regular season games over the past four seasons. Even in the lockout shortened 12-13 season he played only 35 games. He is a -8 over those last four seasons. Last season was his first in five years where he played at least 70 games and he was a -16.

Either he has nagging injuries or he doesn’t give a shit anymore or both. I’d rather have the Devil We Know in KFQ than the Devil We Don’t. Fuch, I can’t believe I wrote I’d rather have KFQ over another D-man.

There are enough defensive liabilities on the Wings. The Wings don’t need to add another in the chase for the great breakout passer they’ve been missing since TPH and Raffi retired.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 07/08/14 at 02:19 PM ET

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Therein lies my biggest beef with the “GREEN RIGHT BOOKING NOW” theory.

The Red Wings don’t know whether Alexey Marchenko, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet, Mattias Backman or Nick Jensen are ready to steal Jakub Kindl or Brian Lashoff’s jobs yet, and as the Capitals don’t need a Jakub Kindl, the Wings would find themselves scrambling to find enough cap space to re-sign Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser, hold some money open for Daniel Alfredsson and then attempt to pawn off Kindl to someone who needs a defenseman come September when players get hurt during training camp and the exhibition season.

Given the timing of trades across the NHL, never mind the timing of trades historically for the Red Wings, all of these sudden rumors about the Wings needing to make this magical move so very very quickly, so very very conveniently close to the time at which the team struck out in free agency…

This is utterly bizarre.

Either people are trying to generate page hits to hear themselves talk, or the “source” is doing something similar to distract us from the majesty of Kyle Quincey.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/08/14 at 02:26 PM ET

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The Red Wings don’t know whether Alexey Marchenko, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet, Mattias Backman or Nick Jensen are ready to steal Jakub Kindl or Brian Lashoff’s jobs yet, and as the Capitals don’t need a Jakub Kindl, the Wings would find themselves scrambling to find enough cap space to re-sign Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser, hold some money open for Daniel Alfredsson and then attempt to pawn off Kindl to someone who needs a defenseman come September when players get hurt during training camp and the exhibition season.

The Wings Houdini right out of that dilemma by trading Tatar or a roster player who costs similar to Tatar—e.g., Helm) for Green.  Now they have $3.5M for DeKeyser + Alfie if he’s available (and he can be paid via bonuses if we like.)

Not saying that that makes it a great idea, of course (I would support Tatar-and-a-second-for-Green, though).  But the cap isn’t a significant roadblock.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/08/14 at 02:35 PM ET

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Then there is absolutely zero reason to trade for Green. This team isn’t close to competing for anything.

LOL.
Hard to disagree.
Just stand pat and go with the kids.
I’m dying to see what Mitch Callahan can do in an NHL sweater.

If they are close near the deadline, then make a move. Until then, go with what we have.

Although, I’ll welcome any deal that includes Andreas Lilja 2.0 (aka Brendan Smith) being dealt in a package for a top dman. wink

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/08/14 at 02:44 PM ET

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I’d rather sign Del Zotto for a year maybe 2 at around $3-4mil and give up nothing than take a flyer on Green and give up a youngster and a pick. I might go for some combination of Jurco/Andersson/2nd round pick, but def not more than that.

Posted by harken23 on 07/08/14 at 02:54 PM ET

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IMO, reporters just trying to stir things up. 

Wings had a game plan to try to sign one of the UFAs they targeted, that failed.

You’d think the Wings would have pulled of one of these trades the media is reporting before signing Quincey.

Now things could change but as people have mentioned, you don’t make a trade in early July of this magnitude, after signing Quincey.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/08/14 at 03:11 PM ET

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I’m not sure July is a dead period these days:

2013—Bobby Ryan, July 5
2012—Rick Nash, July 23
2011—Havlat/Heatley, July 3

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/08/14 at 03:20 PM ET

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“, the Wings would find themselves scrambling to find enough cap space to re-sign Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser”,

Then why on God’s green Earth did you sign Quincey to that ridiculous deal? There was no rush, nobody was going to sign him for that amount and if they did so what?It’s not like he couldn’t be replaced by one of the prospects.  Ken Holland is putting himself in the same box as last year with the cap. Another question is why weren’t your RFA’s that you wanted to keep signed before Free Agency started or before the draft? What the Hell were you doing? These kids were the priority, the future and present core of this team. What was he waiting for? IMO Ken Holland has seriously botched this off season so far and now is scrambling to try to fix it. Which is a bad way to do business. That’s how you end up signing Quincey, in a desperate panic move that now puts you in cap trouble. I’d like to think they have a plan A,B and C but you really have to wonder.

Posted by Burr87 on 07/08/14 at 03:23 PM ET

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the Wings would find themselves scrambling to find enough cap space to re-sign Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser

They can free up some more money by waiving Lashoff and Kindl.

Just stand pat and go with the kids.

They have seven defensemen on one-way contracts right now.  What makes you think they’re planning on “going with the kids”?

They’re clearly not doing that, so why not find someone who is an upgrade on Kindl/Lashoff?

Posted by Garth on 07/08/14 at 03:27 PM ET

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He is a -8 over those last four seasons. Last season was his first in five years where he played at least 70 games and he was a -16.

In defense of Greens +/-, I’m guessing he shared a fair bit of ice time with Ovi.  Any time he is on the ice at regular strength it isn’t much different than a penalty kill except with a penalty kill at least the Caps know they are down a player on defense.

 

Posted by neffernin on 07/08/14 at 03:34 PM ET

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Then why on God’s green Earth did you sign Quincey to that ridiculous deal?

Because Ken Holland panics.

Just ask Carlo Colaiacovo, signed on the eve of of a lockout because why?

Posted by Garth on 07/08/14 at 03:34 PM ET

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They can free up some more money by waiving Lashoff and Kindl.

How much would they save doing this?  Can’t help but feel Kindl would have some trade value between now and the trade deadline.  That or he’ll be part of DTW’s top pairing due to injuries.

Posted by neffernin on 07/08/14 at 03:37 PM ET

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Now things could change but as people have mentioned, you don’t make a trade in early July of this magnitude,

Of what magnitude?  For a #3 dman?  Not much magni in that tude.

A few general thoughts:

-The idea that this is a bad time to make a trade because there are UFA dmen available is mostly backwards.  Washington isn’t (at least not that I have heard) planning on doing a rebuild, so if they moved Green now they’d likely want a market available to replace him.

-That said, Green’s pretty much exactly the kind of player Detroit should be targeting on the blue line.  Overreacting because the team allegedly contacted Washington about his availability isn’t helpful.  I think retaining Quincey actually helps Holland a bit here because had he not done so he’d be staring at pretty major holes at 4, 5 and 6 on his blue line… either filled with inferior players or not filled at all.  (insert Quincey troll comments here).

-A realistic trade between the two teams?  Depends on what Washington’s strategy is this year.  If they’d rather move Green than not there’s a chance a deal can be made around the pick/player/prospect model.  If Detroit has to pry Green out of their cold, dead, hands… enh.  Not going to be worth the hassle.  Hence the communication regarding his availability.

If Washington signals willingness to deal, I’d be unwilling to do much more than either a upper-tier prospect for Green one for one (think Tatar), or something a little pu-pu platterish in a multi-asset deal (Almqvist, Kindl and a #3).

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/08/14 at 03:54 PM ET

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The Red Wings don’t know whether Alexey Marchenko, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet, Mattias Backman or Nick Jensen are ready to steal Jakub Kindl or Brian Lashoff’s jobs yet,

I can makes this easier for the wings. All of those players are better options than Mutt and Jeff.

Posted by brians neck on 07/08/14 at 03:56 PM ET

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So, if this happens, the Wings are going to trade for the pick that became Mike Green in the Robert Lang trade which, if they had not traded for Robert Lang, Wings would have drafted Mike Green anyway.

I’ve gone crossed eye.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/08/14 at 04:14 PM ET

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So, if this happens, the Wings are going to trade for the pick that became Mike Green in the Robert Lang trade which, if they had not traded for Robert Lang, Wings would have drafted Mike Green anyway.

Obviously this is why he’s our top target.  Babcock’s got Holland convinced it’s “practically a re-tread” and “like acquiring Quincey all over again.”

Holland went from “we-like-our-team” to “Mr. Burns fingers” just like that.

“But how do we fill the roster hole we’d create?”

“I anticipated that question,” says Babs, “and prepared for it”—then throws Polaroids of Sammy, Bert, Jason Williams, and—and this one is circled with red magic marker—Cleary—on Holand’s desk.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/08/14 at 04:17 PM ET

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Green’s pretty much exactly the kind of player Detroit should be targeting on the blue line.  Overreacting because the team allegedly contacted Washington about his availability isn’t helpful.  I think retaining Quincey actually helps Holland a bit here because had he not done so he’d be staring at pretty major holes at 4, 5 and 6 on his blue line… either filled with inferior players or not filled at all.  (insert Quincey troll comments here).

Retaining Quincey does nothing other than take up a chunk of cap space.  I’d have rather they penciled in someone like Ouellet or Marchenko as opposed to signing Quincey.  The Wings have a log jam on defense with their prospects, they need to find out sooner rather than later who can and can’t play or where they rank.  I’d rather they focus on that then overpaying for a d-man with injury and consistency issues.

Posted by bababooey on 07/08/14 at 04:24 PM ET

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Its a sad day in Hockeytown when Mike Green trade rumors get everyone’s panties in a wad.  How low has the this team sunk?

Posted by Hootinani on 07/08/14 at 04:48 PM ET

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Its a sad day in Hockeytown when Mike Green trade rumors get everyone’s panties in a wad.  How low has the this team sunk?

Posted by Hootinani on 07/08/14 at 05:48 PM ET

Trading for Brian Campbell?

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/08/14 at 04:50 PM ET

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Honestly I like Green. He’s an upgrade over everyone we have on D except 55. If he works out in the year, great we resign him, for less, or let him walk because we have some kids ripening. Send Jurco and a draft pick but not Goose or Tats.

Personally, I think Holland had a bad summer. Why buyout Tootoo when you can let him sit in GR and dump Weiss’ horrible NMC contract?!?!? Why the HELL did we give KFQ a damn raise???!?!!??!?!

We need to get DD, TT add another forward (please not Alfie) and let Mantha have a legit shot at making the roster. So much of this seems like common sense, but that’s why I’m not running an NHL team.

Side note: Given what the Caps gave to Pittsburgh leftovers, couldn’t we get Green for Quincey and some magic beans?

Posted by kirjko from The Purifying Waters of Lake Minnetonka on 07/08/14 at 06:41 PM ET

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For What It Is Worth, I am still working on my prospect entry.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/08/14 at 06:45 PM ET

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Why not pay Nathan Paetsch the league minimum instead of Quincy 9 million. When Paetsch was in Buffalo his numbers were better than Quincey’s last two years. Hes played well in Grand Rapids and they are a comparable age. I just have to keep going back and driving myself insane finding better and cheaper options that Mimbo.

Posted by brians neck on 07/08/14 at 06:51 PM ET

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Trading for Brian Campbell?

Posted by SYF from Zata’s Epic Viking Beard on 07/08/14 at 05:50 PM ET

touche

Posted by Hootinani on 07/08/14 at 07:19 PM ET

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Why buyout Tootoo when you can let him sit in GR and dump Weiss’ horrible NMC contract?

Posted by kirjko from The Purifying Waters of Lake Minnetonka on 07/08/14 at 07:41 PM ET

If I remember correctly Weiss isn’t eligible for a compliance buyout because he was signed after the lockout. So he would have been on the cap for a long time, so it was probably better if they just treated Weiss like a free agent signing again and bought him out next season if he really didn’t work out.

Posted by EDJ on 07/08/14 at 07:27 PM ET

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So, if this happens, the Wings are going to trade for the pick that became Mike Green in the Robert Lang trade which, if they had not traded for Robert Lang, Wings would have drafted Mike Green anyway.

They needed a center way more than they needed a dman they wouldn’t have played for 3-4 years at that time.  Back at the time of that trade they had Lidstrom, Chelios, Schneider and Fischer… with Kronwall making his maiden voyage.  At forward they had Ray Whitney playing 16+ a night and Draper was 4th on the team in goals.

Again, that’s what deadline deals are, people.  If you’re extremely lucky you get a pitcher’s worth of benefit now at the expense of a case to a pony keg of benefit somewhere down the line.

Retaining Quincey does nothing other than take up a chunk of cap space.

Enh.  He’s a middle-tier #4 who can soak minutes.  Your position is hyperbolic in it’s negativity.

I’d have rather they penciled in someone like Ouellet or Marchenko as opposed to signing Quincey.

Well yeah.  You have no idea what any of those guys can do, you have an irrational dislike of Quincey, so your conclusion isn’t terribly surprising.

It’s a fairly silly conclusion, but eminently predictable.

  The Wings have a log jam on defense with their prospects, they need to find out sooner rather than later who can and can’t play or where they rank.

Right, but they already know most if not all of the answers to those questions.  You and I don’t because we pretty much never see those players play, but Detroit shouldn’t be basing their organizational decisions based on our degree of ignorance regarding prospects.

See, Detroit already has Kindl and Lashoff sitting there with targets on their backs.  Heck, you can likely throw Smith into the mix as well.  If you actually think running any combination of Smith, Kindl, Lashoff and prospects across 3 roster spots is an improvement over running them across 2… just, just go back and look at last years Wings games when the team had kids all over the place and no veteran support.

There’s opportunity for a young dman to step up and take a job, and possibly two of them.  That’s plenty.  You want to make sure there’s a chance for a player to step up and earn a spot, you don’t want to depend on that happening.  So… you play the middle game where you set up a fairly consistent structure/roster

I’d rather they focus on that then overpaying for a d-man with injury and consistency issues.

A) There were 2 Wings who played 82 games last year:  MIller… and Quincey.  If you’re really concerned about injury issues and not just reaching about for random topics to bash Quincey with… what’s your position on Dekeyser?

B) I don’t think it’s a question of consistency per se… Quincey’s just not a terribly impressive or widely-skilled dman.  He’s a mediocre player who vacillates between just below mediocre and just above it like the vast majority of players hover around their general level of play.  There are the occasional real streak players (like Franzen for instance), but I don’t think that describes Quincey very well.

Why not pay Nathan Paetsch the league minimum instead of Quincy 9 million.

What does the saved money do?

Look, if having an extra couple million in space means the team can overpay Niskanen by 2.5 a year instead of 500-1 mil a year… nah.  No thanks.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/08/14 at 07:33 PM ET

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It does more than save you money. it also gives you roster flexibility. Quincy’s not an asset. He’s an expensive plug. Since when does a team WANT to overpay for a player?

Posted by brians neck on 07/08/14 at 08:23 PM ET

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I just saw its HockeyinHD NM, im nearly convinced you are ken holland with some of the spinning you do.

Posted by brians neck on 07/08/14 at 08:26 PM ET

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Wings should just stand pat and wait.

Exactly. As noted by several posters, it would be insane to give up top prospects who may make the team this season or next. Let them play to start the season. Remember how surprised everyone was including Babcock at how they performed last season? No panic moves right now.

Posted by bigfrog on 07/08/14 at 08:33 PM ET

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Bring on the kids, I say…

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 07/08/14 at 08:43 PM ET

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It’s so obvious the Wings planted this story with the beat writers with the hope that it will drive down the ask for Tyler Myers.  If the Wings really wanted Green (and I wish they would get him in a deal that sent Quincey to Washington) why would team sources broadcast it to the world?!

Posted by Uncle Rico on 07/08/14 at 08:44 PM ET

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Enh.  He’s a middle-tier #4 who can soak minutes.

“Soaking minutes” is a useless skill if they’re bad minutes.  In his case they are.  He is Detroit’s 5th best defenseman when everyone is healthy—his terrible penalty ratio and tendency to gamble makes him worse than DeKeyser and he can’t drive possession like Smith can—and Detroit had a below-average defense.

He has decent size and a little snarl, which adds an element otherwise underrepresented on our defense.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/08/14 at 09:13 PM ET

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Del Zotto wouldnt be all that bad really. Move salary(meaning Kindl/Lashoff) and bring up Sproul/Oullet/Marchenko dammit! You have to start one of the kids sometime. Might as well be now. I smell things rotting on the vine, lets go!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/08/14 at 09:51 PM ET

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If Detroit wants him, they’d have to be prepared to part with a couple of their hot prospect forwards.

The day Mike Green is worth Nyquist, Smith and a 1st is the day a two-month rental like David Legwand is worth Calle Jarnkrok and a 2nd. Oh, wait. That can’t be right.

The sad thing is, Tick Tock The Broken Clock just might compound his Legwand fiasco by making a ridiculous deal for Green. And that is how far the organ-i-zation has sunk in the past two years.

The reality is the answer is staring Blind Ken right in the face – and it’s not Del Zotto. It’s right-hander Sami Salo (assuming, of course, that he’d be willing to sign with a team that seems to have become The Pariah of the East).

But even the lowly Wings should be able to convince Sami to sign for one year for about $3.5M. Then Kindl could be moved for a bag of pucks, and the “kids” could rotate in when the inevitable injuries occur.

I know, I know, you’re saying “Why would Ken Holland sign a guy like Salo for just the cap space when he could give away quality players and a 1st-round pick for the same return?” And my only response is that even a blind pig can find an acorn once in awhile.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/08/14 at 11:12 PM ET

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As someone that used to live in the DC area and got the “pleasure” of watching Caps games on TV (and in the bars) more than a few times having to wait 3-3.5 hours longer for the Wings game to start: I’d rather they target Myers or Yandle and pay the premium. I’d rather have Green than Petry (but depending on what they have to give up for either of those two that could change).

Green has been extremely brittle. And has a history with concussions (remember how Franzen’s not the same player since the one he sustained in the corner to start the year a few years ago)...well Green has had 2 (2011 and 2014) and it took him 2 years to get back to looking like he was 3/4 of the player he once was. Here’s an article of the Caps old GM and how even signing him to his last contract there was a huge risk given his medical history:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/on-hockey-mike-greens-injuries-put-capitals-in-a-tough-spot/2012/01/17/gIQAP6Jb5P_story.html

Any way you look at it Green is a huge risk.

 

Posted by d ca on 07/09/14 at 12:11 AM ET

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