The Hockey News’s Matt Larkin discusses Mike Green’s status after not being moved at the trade deadline:
Why he didn’t go: Ugh. This one hurts. Of the clear-cut rentals, Green was the only big-ticket one not to get traded Monday. Karlsson and Pacioretty can still get traded later, but Green, a pending UFA, will now likely be lost for nothing. He agreed to waive his no-trade clause to head to the Lightning or Washington Capitals, but nothing materialized. As GM Ken Holland admitted, teams were concerned about Green’s neck injury, which has shelved him since Feb. 15, and one team even asked for his medical reports. It’s pretty clear the injury scared teams away from a trade, especially when Holland’s asking price would’ve been high, likely including a first-round pick and a prospect.
What happens now: The Red Wings have expressed interest in re-signing Green, and he likes playing in Detroit. But it’s clear the Wings are years away from Stanley Cup contention. Green doesn’t have a ring, has never even played deeper than Round 2 of the playoffs and turns 33 in October. He’s still good enough to earn a multi-year offer – he went to the All-Star Game this year, after all – so he’s not yet at the stage of his career where he has to sign a one-year “mercenary” deal and hope to get flipped to a contender at the trade deadline. Green should receive legit offers from Stanley Cup hopefuls. Maybe a reunion with the Capitals is in the offing if they can’t re-sign John Carlson?
The Red Wings want to re-sign Green and Green is at least amicable to that concept, and if I may be blunt, I’m just not surprised regarding that result. Holland still believes that a veteran core accentuated by a couple of youngsters is the way to go on defense, and Green does provide more offense than anybody else on the Wings’ blueline. That being said, Green would have to take a pay cut on a short-term deal–and the Red Wings should weigh when/and/or/if they feel that Filip Hronek, Joe Hicketts, Dennis Cholowski and Vili Saarijarvi might be able to step in and help.
As a fan, I’m not thrilled with the idea of the Wings’ defense probably looking a lot like it does now, but it would not surprise me if that is the case. It will be up to the player and GM.