MLive’s Ansar Khan reveals the reason why teams didn’t trade for Mike Green in a weekly mailbag feature:
New deal looming for Mike Green?
Q:Was the Red Wings’ reluctance to trade Mike Green an indication that he’s coming back or that maybe they have an agreement in place? – Morty
A: There’s a decent chance he returns, on a two- or three-year deal, at maybe a little less than the $6 million he’s currently earning. They’ve already told Green they’re interested in re-signing him. But that’s not why he wasn’t traded. He has a herniated disc that might require surgery and the three teams that were most interested in him (Tampa Bay, Washington and San Jose) apparently weren’t willing to risk giving up much for him.
The Lightning had the most interest, but it cooled after he was injured (ironically, on a hit from Tampa Bay’s Adam Erne on Feb. 15) and Ryan McDonagh become available.