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.