MLive’s Ansar Khan believes that the Red Wings need to get Mike Green healthy enough to skate so that his trade value isn’t negatively affected by his neck injury:
It is not considered serious. Green has participated in two full practices since then, including Friday.
But it could give pause to potential suitors, including the Lightning. Green, in the final year of his contract at $6 million, has agreed to waive his no-trade clause if a deal with Tampa Bay is agreed upon by Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline. Detroit’s final game before the deadline is Sunday at the New York Rangers.
Before Green is moved, other dominoes likely must fall, most notably Erik Karlsson, the superstar defenseman the Ottawa Senators are looking to move. He likely is the Lightning’s top target.
Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers also is in play. The Toronto Maple Leafs, another possible suitor for Green, reportedly are interested in McDonagh.
The Red Wings are hoping to get a late first-round pick for Green. They might settle for a combination of a second-round pick and prospects or multiple high picks that don’t include a first.