The Hockey News’s Matt Larkin penned a list of the 10 players he believes are most likely to be traded during the 2019-2020 campaign, and Larkin suggests that Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be moved as something of a “hired gun” this year:
Mike Green, D, Detroit Red Wings
It sure feels like it’s time for Green to enter the gun-for-hire phase of his career. Teams sniffed around him at the 2018 trade deadline, but an injury stopped him from getting moved. He signed a two-year extension the ensuing summer. Now he’s on Year 2 of that pact, heading back to unrestricted free agency. On Feb. 1, 2020, his no-trade clause becomes a modified version in which he can submit a 10-team no-trade list. New GM Steve Yzerman wasn’t the one who signed Green, so there isn’t necessarily any baked-in loyalty there. Green would make sense as bait for one of Yzerman’s first major trades and, unlike in recent seasons, Green won’t have as much of a say in the matter. Green turns 34 in October and has a heck of a time staying healthy these days but remains an effective puck-mover when he’s in the lineup – and a right-handed one to boot. There will be a market for him this winter.
I don’t see a 33-year-old Mike Green having that much trade value until/if he is able to stay healthy for a lengthy period of time, and even then, I’m not sure he’d bring a large return.