According to The Athletic’s Craig Custance, defenseman Mike Green is weighing whether to remain with the Detroit Red Wings via a short-term contract, or whether he should test the unrestricted free agent marketplace on July 1st:
Green is the second-best defenseman in the free agent Class of 2018. At least if you’re looking for offense. Whether you like his overall game or not, that’s just the reality.
“He had a good season. Teams are always looking for right-shot defensemen. And he’s not 40 years old,” said one NHL source. “If teams are looking to improve themselves on defense this summer through free agency, there’s not much out there.”
And right now, Green is facing a decision. The Red Wings have made him both a one- and a two-year offer to stay in Detroit. For a team in the middle of a rebuild, it doesn’t make much sense to go any longer than that. For a player who could have his choice of better deals on the open market, it might not make sense to accept.
So, here we are. The two sides are close on salary. If this deal doesn’t get done, it’s going to be because of term since it’s realistic that the second-best defenseman in free agency could get at least three years on the open market.
“He might even get four,” said an NHL source.
Custance continues (paywall), quoting Red Wings GM Ken Holland…