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Mike Green On Staying With The Wings

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The NHL’s trade deadline is less than a month away, and impending unrestricted free agent Mike Green says he has not had any contract extension talks with the Detroit Red Wings.

"I don’t worry too much about the exact extension or what’s going on in that sense. I just focus on day to day," said Green, the lone Red Wings representative at All-Star Weekend.

"I’m happy in Detroit. I enjoy it. It’s an incredible organization. Things are good."...

"I think I’ve learned, I just take care of the process and things will guide you to where you need to be. That’s how I’m focused," Green said.

"I would love to be [back in Detroit]. Whether that happens, there’s so much uncertainty in this league, you just don’t know."

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Update: Green also discussed his role as a mentor with the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy...

“I’m not an old guy, but I’m older in the league,” he said. “I have an obligation to help these younger guys and give them advice. I don’t want to put too much in their heads – there’s a reason why they’re in the NHL – I’m just coaching them through some of the things I’ve experienced in my career.”

And it’s been an interesting run for the Calgary native. During his heyday with the Washington Capitals, he frequently led the NHL in goals by a defenseman. He earned First Team All-Star honors two years in a row (2009 and 2010), yet never won a Norris Trophy. He was also snubbed by Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics. At the time, he was seen as a purely offensive guy – but perceptions of what a blueliner can be these days has changed a lot since then. Now, you want a puck-rusher who can help on the offensive end. In retrospect, it seems kinda rough that Green was criticized so much for, essentially, being ahead of his time.

“Yeah, I did get criticized a lot,” he said with a laugh. “No, it’s great though. It’s great to see these younger defensemen coming up. They’re extremely talented, they shoot the puck well and they jump up in the play. I love watching it. It’s good for the game and helps the game evolve. I like where the league is going.”

Kennedy continues...

And Green addressed his future in a conversation with Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff:

On the one hand, Green acknowledged that given his druthers, he’d prefer to stay with the Wings.

“It’s tough to talk and discuss my future in Detroit,” Green admitted. “I love it in Detroit. I’m enjoying my time playing there right now. Hopefully, I stay.”

Realistically, Green understands that hope isn’t likely to be fulfilled. And with that, he even admitted that he does look at other teams, other scenarios, and ponder how he’d fit in as a piece of their puzzle.

“I think you think about it, or you understand how that team plays because you’ve played against them,” Green said. “And then you can kind of implement to see whether you . . . yeah, you think about it.

“Whether that team is going to be looking for you or not is another thing. I think you just go through the thought process involved once you have to make a decision and whatever’s on the table.”

Duff continues...

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Comments

MikeMac's avatar

“I think I’ve learned, I just take care of the process and things will guide you to where you need to be.”

Towing the company process mantra so effortlessly, I just saw a vision of the immediate future where Green isn’t traded.  Would KH & staff send that kind of process-cheerleading player away?  You don’t find those just anywhere, you know…

Posted by MikeMac on 01/27/18 at 03:55 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

If Green likes it here so much just use your No trade clause and stay here…right ?

They all say the same thing “i like it here..blabla”. But he can prove it by refusing to go…

he certainly wont refuse to go..trust me.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/28/18 at 12:30 AM ET

Colin's avatar

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/28/18 at 12:30 AM ET

A truly smart player goes knowing his team needs the bast draft possible, then re-signs in free agency.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 01/29/18 at 09:01 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

“I’m happy in Detroit. I enjoy it. It’s an incredible organization. Things are good.”...

Things are good? Apparently, Mike Green has never watched a replay of Wings games….... wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/29/18 at 10:35 AM ET

PierreC's avatar

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/28/18 at 12:30 AM ET


A truly smart player goes knowing his team needs the bast draft possible, then re-signs in free agency.
   
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    Colin
     
    from Ken Holland’s new yacht, “Incompetence” on 01/29/18 at 09:01 AM ET

When was anything like this happened ?  Green would need to take a pay cut to resign here. He is not Worth 6m per season…but might get it somewhere else.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/29/18 at 11:12 AM ET

Colin's avatar

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/29/18 at 11:12 AM ET

I believe Hanzal did it with Phoenix and Chicago.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 01/29/18 at 11:44 AM ET

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