The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/08/14 at 01:14 PM ET
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.
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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