NHL.com’s Gulitti speaks with Mike Green

NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti spoke with Red Wings defenseman Mike Green about #25’s uncertain future with the team:

“I haven’t thought about it, to be honest,” Green said. “If I have to make a decision, then I’ll think about it.”

But the reality is the Red Wings (22-23-9) will probably approach Green at some point in the next two weeks to talk to him about waiving the no-trade clause in his contract. Barring a dramatic rally in their final 28 games, the Red Wings will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season following a remarkable run of qualifying in 25 consecutive seasons.

Even after their win Sunday, they sit eight points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. So, they’ll have to soon look to the future and see what assets they can get by trading Green.

“We’ll see what happens,” Green said. “Obviously, it’s coming close. There might have to be some decisions made, but right now I’m not too worried about it.”

The no-trade clause in Green’s contract gives him some control over his situation, which he acknowledged makes it easier for him.

“It definitely helps,” Green said.

Gulitti continues, wondering if Green is a fit for the Washington Capitals…

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