MLive’s Ansar Khan posted both an article and video in which Mike Green discusses his future with the Wings.
First, the article:
“My mind frame was always here in Detroit,” Green said. “With the speculation and the talk and the situation I was in, anything could have happened, but I’m still happy to be here and move forward.”
Asked if he was intrigued about the possibility of a Stanley Cup run with a contender, Green said: “I think it always is, but you know, we’re six-seven points out here. That’s been my focus. Any player wants to play come April, May, June. Weighed the options and this is how it turned out and that’s that.”
The skilled, puck-moving, right-shooting defenseman is in the final year of his contract and would have been dealt if not for a neck injury that has idled him the past six games. Green had agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to Tampa Bay or Washington. The Lightning acquired Ryan McDonagh from the New York Rangers. The Capitals would have needed to move a player to make room for Green under the salary cap.
“Being out for 10 days, obviously it had to do with the injury,” Green said. “But like I’ve said before, I love it here.”
The Red Wings have told Green they’re interested in re-signing him after the season.
“The situation’s been a little strange, but we had discussions and I hope we’ll have more discussions,” Green said. “We’ll see how things kind of take place over the next six months. I’m just focused on getting back on the ice and in games and playing hockey.”
Then, the video: