Among the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ mailbag questions and answers:
Teams have inquired about Mike Green, as the offensive defenseman is the type of player teams eyeing a Stanley Cup like to add this time of year. Tampa Bay has interest, but since the Lightning will be picking late in rounds, the Wings want a pick and a prospect who is ready to play next season. There is also interest in goaltender Jimmy Howard. Petr Mrazek is not drawing interest – he was offered to Philadelphia after the Flyers lost Brian Elliott last week (he’s out five-to-six weeks) for an asking price of a third-round pick and the Flyers declined. The Wings are trying to move defenseman Xavier Ouellet, who doesn’t fit into their plans any more. Forward Gustav Nyquist is drawing interest, though he has a year left on his contract.