Systematic issues got the best of Mike Green in the 2016-17 campaign. Sure, he doubled up on tallies compared to the prior year -- finishing with 14 of those to go along with 22 helpers -- but a career-worst rating of minus-20 coupled with a 50 percent cut in power-play points (10) wasn't exactly a welcome tradeoff for fantasy owners. GM Ken Holland failed to deploy a complementary power-play defenseman to alleviate pressure on Green, though he ended up courting cerebral lefty-shooter Trevor Daley this offseason. This almost assuredly will be Green's last run in Motown, as he has just one year left on a contract valued at $6 million annually; he's a pricey filler, albeit one who logs heavy minutes and possesses a dynamic offensive skill set that's bound to keep him fantasy relevant as long as his body holds up.
Green will be protected and unavailable to the Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The veteran rearguard will make a cool $6 million in each of the two seasons that remain on his contract before hitting unrestricted free agent status. However, he's off limits to the Vegas club since losing him would otherwise leave the Red Wings completely devoid of power-play quarterbacks.
Green is a candidate to be exposed in the NHL expansion draft, Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports. While the Red Wings can ill afford to lose one of their lone offensive contributors on the back line and reasonably expect to be contenders in a tough Atlantic Division, the result would be a whopping $6 million in cap savings next season. Even if he doesn't leave the Motor City to the benefit of the Golden Knights, who's to say that he wouldn't walk as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018? One thing is for sure -- Green's in a tricky spot as he enters the final year of his contract. This past campaign, the blueliner finished with 36 points along with a minus-20 rating for a Detroit team that was perpetually banged up and lacking for complementary weapons.
Green scored his 12th goal of the season in a 3-2 victory against the Wild on Sunday. The 31-year-old snapped his modest three-game point streak this past week, but he's still turned in a strong March with two goals and seven points in 13 contests. He isn't what he used to be in terms of power-play production, and he owns a minus-16 rating this season, but Green can still score with the best of them. He now has 12 goals, which is tied for his most since 2009-10.
Green posted an assist with a plus-1 rating in Monday's 2-1 loss against the Sabres. Green has managed a goal with four points during his three-game point streak. He remains the only offensive threat along Detroit's blue line, and the veteran has a respectable 11 goals -- his finest mark since 2012-13, when he was with the Capitals.
Green registered a goal -- his 11th of the season -- on top of a power-play assist in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Coyotes. The defenseman received a tape-to-tape dish from captain Henrik Zetterberg, split past a pair of defenders, and then flipped a backhand into the cage for a beautiful goal. Green is Detroit's lone offensive threat from the blue line, which really impedes his chances of being a consistent producer. The tally was his first in 15 games, and he'd gone 13 straight without a man-advantage point.
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