Mar 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) skates with the puck in front of Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) in the second period at Verizon Center. The Flyers won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Green: Troubling Decision For The Washington Capitals

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Mike Green is on the fence from where I sit.  The front office of the Washington Capitals has stated that Mike Green is not going anywhere, at least at this point. The last part of this was not really said but I took it as being implied.

Mike Green is holding up a substantial amount of cap space that could be used to bring in other dimensions of the team that are needed, especially a second line center.  The Capitals could look to promote within but there really is not anyone that is able to step into that role.  Derek Roy was on the free agent market and available and would have been able to step right into that role, but was picked up yesterday.  At this point on the free agent list, your second line centers, really are not available unless you look to get someone with some age behind them.  There is one guy that did catch my eye on the list and that was Zenon Konopka.  Konopka played for Buffalo last year for part of the year and he is 33.  He is a guy that has a great win percentage on faceoffs.

Konopka would at times only be on the ice to take a faceoff and then skate off and be replaced with the center for that line.  This happened for the second half of the season for Buffalo on a consistent basis.  This is a possibility for a second line center for the Capitals but he is 33.  Just a thought.  I think for the Capitals to get a second line center that they want that has som e experience but is not too old, a trade is going to have to be the way to go.  Mike Green is at the top of my list of guys to get rid of and with a space being freed up in cap, just about anyone with a 1 to 2 million dollar contract will not be an issue for the Capitals in a trade.  The trick is to get the other team to absorb Greens hefty contract on the trade.

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