December 6, 2017 | 3:23pm ET
GREEN WILL BE ATTRACTIVE ASSET TO MANY CLUBS
Mike Green, defenceman
The Detroit Red Wings are battling for a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division this season, but could move out one of their more tradable assets if they don’t secure a spot around the trade deadline.
Veteran defenceman Mike Green is in the final year of his contract, which comes with a $6 million salary cap hit, and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He owns a full no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal the Red Wings want to make, if they go down that road.
Several teams are looking to bolster their blueline this season and could turn to Detroit and Green later in the season, close to the Feb. 26, 2018 trade deadline.
It’s unclear if the Red Wings have held any recent contract talks with Green’s representatives, but if the team slips back in the playoff race, signing him to a contract extension may not be in the team’s plans – rather, the team could move him for draft picks and/or prospects, and look to bring him back in the off-season as a free agent.
The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Chicago Blackhawks are all looking to strengthen their defensive corps this season, though some clubs may require the Red Wings to eat some of Green’s remaining salary.
In 28 games with the Red Wings so far this season, Green has registered two goals and 16 assists for 18 points, and 20 penalty minutes.