Detroit Red Wings Trade for Mike Green Would Be Desperate and Risky

July 8th, 2014 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

Various sources including Ansar Khan at and Art Regner at Fox Sports Detroit are reporting that Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is now the Detroit Red Wings’ primary trade target.

As Khan explains, Green possesses the right-handed shot that has been elevated to an almost ridiculous level of holiness in Detroit and is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $6.25 million in 2014-15.

While the Capitals still remain just a hair under the $69 million salary cap, carrying Green at that price for the 2014-15 season—having just signed free agents Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik—could be unpalatable for the Capitals.

Still, there is no abiding need to trade Green, as the Capitals can ice a full roster as-is and, as George Malik at Kukla’s Korner so soberly posits, the Capitals will want a lot more than a bag of pucks for Green in return, making the cost of acquiring him potentially prohibitive for the Red Wings.

Nevertheless, as the Detroit Red Wings’ increasingly epic quest to acquire a right-handed reargu ...

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