Oct 5, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period of a hockey game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Green: Good or Bad Trade For Washington Capitals

Of the available defensemen on the trade block, Dion Phaneuf and Kris LeTang, Mike Green is a short term, inexpensive option for teams that are looking for an offensive, puck carrying blue-liner. 

Phaneuf and LeTang are long term contracts that have high salaries that have to be taken into consideration.  Green will be a better option for some teams that need a guy that can get the puck out of the zone and start a rush.  A negative for Green is his injury history.  Over the past 3 years he has only participated in 137 games and scored 71 points.  That equals about a point every other game.

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal’s hockey writer believes that…

“If he can get a defensively strong partner, he can be an asset, though. I can see the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are badly in need of a puck-mover, taking a shot at him. Maybe Florida, which has salary-cap room, or even the Detroit Red Wings, who do not have any right-handed shooting D-men. The Philadelphia Flyers certainly need an offensive defenseman, too, although would Washington trade with a division rival?”

Edmonton Journal

Would Green be a good trade for the Capitals?  I think it would.  Given his history of injuries and especially on the concussion radar, if the Caps are able to move him, I think a younger defensive prospect and maybe a late round draft pick, might just be the ticket for the Captials.

It was shown that defensively, for the Caps, John Carlson and Karl Alzner were the defensive pairing used to lock down the other teams top lines and were used in tougher defensive assignments.  Green was used more for an offensive attack and a guy that could move the puck up the ice.  He was paired, mainly with the Ovechkin line and used on the power play but not the penalty kill.

I like the idea of moving Green for the right price.

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