Hockeybuzz’s Duff confirms that Mike Green suffered a herniated disc in his neck

Hoceybuzz’s Bob Duff confirms MLive’s Ansar Khan’s report that Wings defenseman Mike Green has a herniated disc in his neck, and Duff reports that Green will need surgery to repair the injury:

No wonder teams shied away from making a move to acquire defenseman Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings at the NHL trade deadline. According to an NHL source, Green will require off-season surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.

“Yeah, we’ll see,” Green told “It’s something we’ll talk about. As of right now it’s maintenance and get through it.”

The Tampa Bay Lightning were strongly after Green’s services, and he’d even agreed to waive his no-trade clause to enable a move to the Atlantic Division leaders. But oddly enough, it was in a Feb. 15 game at Tampa Bay that Green suffered his neck injury when checked by Lightning forward Adam Erne.

With the realistic concern that Green’s injury would linger and could flare up again at any moment, the Lightning backed away from Green and opted instead to acquire Ryan McDonagh from the New York Rangers. The Washington Capitals, Green’s team prior to his signing with the Wings as a free agent in 2015, also moved on from his trail, as did the San Jose Sharks, the team the Wings play Monday.

“Obviously it was bad timing,” Green said. “At the end of the day, it is what it is. I’m here and I’m focused and I’m happy, so I move forward.”

Duff continues

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3 thoughts on “Hockeybuzz’s Duff confirms that Mike Green suffered a herniated disc in his neck”

    1. There should be a mother on every staff to let everyone know they are being manly idiots, and should go to their room now.

      What are they doing? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid,

      Oullett is not as good as a guy with no head attached?

  1. This is the last time I’ll say this, but why was Green even playing late in a blowout to the dirty team like the lightning?

    And why wasn’t Witkowski dressed against the Lightning.
    Isn’t that his job – to discourage unnecessary stuff likes Erne’s finish up high on Green in a game that’s already over?

    Why would you expose your number one asset by far who is on an expiring deal in that matter. It’s not like this is 20/20 hindsight and was not a foreseeable outcome.

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