According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Montreal Canadiens could be interested in defenseman Mike Green.
Green, 29, has played his entire career with the Washington Capitals and has been at the center of trade rumors the past two seasons.
The move may help improve Montreal’s anemic powerplay which has been a problem all season and is currently ranked 24th in the league.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that, although it’s coach Mike Babcock’s preference to have a balance of right- and left-handed defensemen, the team’s roster consists exclusively of left-handed handed defensemen.
St. James lists Cody Franson, Eric Gryba, Jeff Petry and Tyler Myers as potential targets for the wings. She suggests Mike Green will probably stay put as long as Washington is in playoff contention, and wonders about Justin Faulk, whom I doubt Carolina would move.
Ansar Khan of Michigan Live doesn’t expect the Detroit Red Wings to make a deal anytime soon.
According to Khan, the team is interested in a player like Mike Green. His offensive abilities would shore up their defense and provide a kick from the blue line.
Previously, the Wings were interested in Tyler Myers, but the price seems to be too high, and the team lacks the necessary pieces to make a deal happen.
From December 4th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger says there’s a full “forensic investigation” going on in Edmonton in the next few days. Earlier tonight, Dave Pagnotta suggested there was a lot of chatter surrounding the Oilers, who have lost 11 straight. Dreger suggests outcomes include “sweeping changes” to their management group, firing head coach Dallas Eakins, and maintaining status quo. He also hinted at the team’s awareness of Connor McDavid being atop this year’s draft, and the incentive they may have to finish near the bottom of the standings.
Bob McKenzie reports that Arizona (though he said Phoenix) GM Don Maloney has put the players on his struggling club on notice. He reports Maloney told his players the core could be broken up and that he would be asking any the agents for all players on the team with limited no trade clauses for a list of teams (a threat which he followed through on). McKenzie suggests things “could be moving” on this front, with Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette being two players of prime interest for teams around the league.
Pierre Lebrun says that the Capitals are willing to move a lot of secondary parts including Mike Green, as the team wants to change the culture after being on their fourth coach in four seasons.
Lebrun also reports that he thinks it’s likely that John Gibson will play in the AHL when he comes off the injury reserve, with Ilya Bryzgalov landing as the backup to Frederik Andersen.
According to Art Regner of FOX Sports Detroit, the Red Wings have reached out to Washington about defenseman Mike Green’s avaiability, and have made him their top target.
The Red Wings have struck out on right-defensemen Christian Ehrhoff, Matt Niskanen, and Dan Boyle. Helene St. James wondered about Buffalo’s Tyler Myers to fill the role earlier this week.
Green, 28, has one year left on his contract with a cap-hit of $6.083M. The Capitals signed Matt Niskanen, another right-handed powerplay point option, earlier this summer, perhaps making Green expendable.
The Washington Capitals are in dire need of a change of identity. Alexander Ovechkin is a franchise player and unlikely to be traded. It would be hard to replace his production despite his apparent flaws. Nicklas Backstrom is a reliable center who is capable of putting up respectable first line numbers. This leaves Mike Green as the only piece of the current Washington core that can realistically be traded and is replaceable.
Green put up 9 goals and 29 assists (38 points) this season. It is a far cry from the years where he was putting up 50-70 points a season, including a stellar 31 goal campaign in 2008-2009. He is slated to make $6,083,333 next year before becoming a UFA. However, keeping him will ensure further mediocrity for the Capitals as they struggle to find a solution to their problems.
Craig Custance of ESPN discussed a potential shakeup in Washington and hinted that Green would be the odd man out. He said, “no, they definitely wouldn’t be maxing out his value. But something has to change there in DC. You can’t move OV, you shouldn’t move Backstrom. You can’t keep bringing back the same core over and over and expect different results.”