MLive’s Ansar Khan continues his Red Wings player profiles with a discussion of Mike Green’s injury-plagued 2018-19 season and his 2019-2020 season outlook. Khan suggests that Green will be healthy enough to play regularly, and I’m not sure whether that’s going to be the case:
2019-20 outlook: Green is expected to be healthy and ready to go in training camp after an injury-riddled, illness-plagued stretch during which he also missed the final nine games of 2017-18 due to a neck injury.
If healthy, he’ll be one of the team’s few scoring threats from the blue line, man the point on one of the power-play units and be among the club’s leaders in ice time. He is likely to be paired with either Danny DeKeyser or newly acquired Patrik Nemeth (and Filip Hronek paired with the other), giving the team righty-lefty, offensive-minded/defensive-minded combinations with its top two pairs.
If the Red Wings are out of the playoff picture in late February, they’ll look to trade Green for a draft pick, assuming he’s healthy. He has a limited no-trade clause (can veto a move to 10 teams).
Continued, and at this point, I’m still crossing my fingers that Green will be fully recovered from the virus that sapped his strength last year.