HSJ grades the Wings’ UFA signings

The Free Press’s Helene St. James offers grades regarding the Wings’ signings of Thomas Vanek, Jonathan Bernier and Mike Green:

D Mike Green

Why: Green, 32, led the Wings defense with 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) and 13 power-play points. He and Nick Jensen are the only defensemen on the team who shoot right. Green was the Wings’ best defenseman at times last season (especially in the first half as Danny DeKeyser struggled). Green will run one of the power plays, and he fits in well in the locker room.

Ramifications: The length of the deal means that in two years, Green, Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson’s contracts are all up, creating opportunity for prospects to take on bigger roles or grab a job. Green puts the Wings at six NHL defensemen signed toward 2018-19, leaving room for at least one prospect to take a spot. Filip Hronek has the edge because he had a very good first year of pro hockey (11 goals, 28 assists for 39 points in 67 games with with the Griffins, ran a power play), but 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski is a well-rounded package of skill, skating and size, and could make a push to be first on the call-up list if he starts in Grand Rapids.

Grade: B-.


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2 thoughts on “HSJ grades the Wings’ UFA signings”

  1. Simply for me, the rebuild is on hold for another year. Another NTC, no superstars signed, Bernier/Howard combo not a top Goalie pair (average at best with the same locked in D), no room, IMO, for the appropriate input of prospects on the roster, Holland still in “make the playoffs” dream land.

    D- and a horrible year for all Wings fans!

    Wings will tank, like it or not.

    1. I like the Bernier signing. He is a more than adequate backup and the price was not too bad. I rate Green as being a solid C-. He is tolerable and it will not hurt my feelings to send him somewhere else. Way too much money for him. He should have been signed for $3 million per year or let go. Vanek, well I detest this as a total waste of a roster spot. Talk about one dimensional forwards and his picture pops up. So…………………………………….I guess this means I will need to replace my dentures from excessive gnashing.

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