February 26, 2018 | 10:40pm ET
GREEN INJURY PREVENTED TRADE
Mike Green, defenceman
Many around the NHL believed the Detroit Red Wings would move defenceman Mike Green by today’s 3pm ET trade deadline, but a nagging injury scared off potential suitors.
Green, 32, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
He owns a full no-trade clause, but a source close to the situation told TFP he would be willing to waive it for the right team. The source also confirmed Green would deal with is on a case-by-case basis, rather than submit a formal list of teams he’d agree to move to.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Green almost two weeks about the possibility of being traded, and the veteran defenceman was open to the prospect of being dealt to a Stanley Cup contender.
Speaking to the media on a conference call after the deadline, Holland confirmed Green’s injury ultimately prevented a deal from happening.
“One team out there requested his medical reports and I talked to our team doctor and another team was very interested over the last four or five days but Mike hasn’t been able to play, the injury he’s got is something that could resurface again here,” Holland said, as quoted by the Red Wings website. “He’s getting better, there's a chance he could be in our lineup this weekend. Hopefully he continues to practice and doesn’t have any flare-ups but ultimately it’s hard for a team to add a player they weren’t 100 percent sure that, one, was going to come back, and if he did come back that maybe the injury would flare up again. That had everything to do with Mike Green remaining a Red Wing.”
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals were among the teams Green was reportedly willing to move to, but the Bolts were in on both Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, and ultimately made a move for McDonagh.
“Two teams wanted to know specifically what was going on with his injury and that had a real bearing on their decision,” Holland reiterated. “The other thing, McDonagh was on the market and I’m sure a lot of teams interested in defensemen were talking to the Rangers.”
In 56 games so far this season, Green has six goals and 23 assists for 29 points.