MLive’s Ansar Khan penned an article about Mike Green’s future, both verifying the Athletic’s Craig Custance’s report that the Wings have offered Green 1 and 2-year contracts, and weighing in regarding the Wings’ other free agent options:
If Green doesn’t re-sign, the Red Wings could look to free agency. They’re interested in John Carlson, who is by far the top defenseman expected to hit the market. He’s 28, shoots right and collected 15 goals and 53 assists for the Washington Capitals. But it’s hard to imagine he would go from a Stanley Cup champion to a team that hasn’t made the playoffs the past two seasons.
If Carlson leaves Washington, Green would be a natural fit to return to the franchise where he flourished his first 10 seasons. Green is the second-highest scoring defenseman among pending UFAs. After that, there is a significant dip in quality.
The Red Wings plan on moving in at least one defense prospect from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Filip Hronek, a skilled righthanded shooter who flourished during his first pro season, is the leading candidate. Joe Hicketts is another possibility. Dennis Cholowski, their top pick in 2016, also will compete for a job but probably needs some time in the AHL since he’s just turning pro.
After Green, the Red Wings’ second-highest scoring defenseman was Niklas Kronwall (27 points), followed by Trevor Daley (16 points) and Nick Jensen (15 points).
Khan continues, and unless the Wings offer Carlson an $8-million-plus deal, I don’t see him coming to Detroit.