Mike Green, ‘hired gun?’

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.

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4 thoughts on “Mike Green, ‘hired gun?’”

  1. Curious how you define “not much trade value” . If he stays reasonably healthy and performs comparable to recent years…what do you think he fetches at the deadline?

    A 1st? A 2nd? A 4th? Something like a Bowey? Because everyone could have different definitions of “not much value” given how vague that is.

  2. Green is really a one trick pony, 34 plus, body is a train wreck….
    He has said he really likes Detroit
    Maybe retirement is the best option.
    Green played with the Saskatoon Blades, WHL

    That is why his trade value is tough to evaluate, especially July 1 2020. July 1 is when GMs lose their minds so who knows

  3. His trade value is hard to evaluate, especially on July 1, 2020?? Huh. His trade value then is zero. He’s a UFA. He belongs to nobody. But at the deadline he could return something useful. George never elaborated on what he meant by not much trade value, but I would say a 2nd is reasonable. Maybe 2nd + 4th or 5th.
    Also, what do the Saskatoon Blades have to do with Greg’s trade value?

    1. He played junior in WHL, Saskatoon, were I lived. He actually didn’t score a lot in Junior but numbers went up in the NHL. We are stuck with Aby for a few years yet NO Datsyuk NO Aby. I am sure a few players missed Pav but ABY is MIA, still

      Not negative unless you can give some positives, for Aby. Good Luck,LOL

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