With a new coaching staff in place there is a good chance Mike Green is traded this offseason. Love him or hate him, Green can push the pace offensively but is still prone to mistakes in his own zone. Green is no longer the Norris Trophy candidate he was four years ago, but he is still a player who can play in your top four defense and provide offense from the backend.
Anaheim finished first in the Western Conference this year, but still doesn’t quite have the roster to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup in the tough Western Conference. They are loaded with left-handed defenseman on their roster: Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Francois Beauchemin, Bryan Allen, and Luca Sbisa. However, Ben Lovejoy played the most minutes amongst right-handed Ducks defenseman this season. While solid in his role, he is a not a player you want playing top minutes. Anaheim’s power play struggled last year converting at a 16% rate, good for 22nd in the NHL. Given Anaheim’s lack of right-handed defenseman and below average powerplay, Mike Green seems like a good fit. Anaheim has the capspace to fit him in and it is no secret how much Bruce Boudreau likes Mike Green. If they can pair Green with a solid defensive presence like Francois Beauchemin, he could reward the Ducks in a big way.
The Ducks do have some valuable pieces they could offer up for Green. They have two first round picks in the upcoming draft including 10th overall and a strong prospect pool. Defensively, Shea Theodore and Sami Vatanen both have the potential to be great offensive defenseman that could potentially replace Green down the line. Anaheim also has some young offensive forwards like Kyle Palmieri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Emerson Etem, and Jakob Silfverberg as well as prospects Rickard Rakell, Nicolas Kerdiles, and Stefan Noesen. Given their depth in the system and their desire to compete for a Cup now, the Ducks may be willing to offer up a good package for Green. Personally, if I could get a Vatanen/Theodore+Etem/Rakell+pick package I would look into it.