Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green has no-trade protection, but the latest NHL trade rumors suggest he’d approve a move to the Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning
The Detroit Red Wings signed Mike Green during the 2015 offseason, hoping he’d help them extend their playoff streak. While the defenseman has been very good for them, his tenure in Motor City hasn’t gone as well as expected. With Green scheduled to be a free agent after this season, he’s been the subject of many NHL trade rumors.
He has no-trade protection, which gives him a lot of leverage. However, according to Craig Custance of The Athletic, Green would definitely approve trades to the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Green would like to play for a contender, so it makes sense he would be alright with trades to those two teams. He also has a ton of experience playing for the Capitals, so the fact he wants to go back shows he had a good time in the nation’s capital. Tampa is looking for a final piece to push them past the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, so Green would help them with that.
The Red Wings are tearing things down, so trading him is a necessity. Detroit is hoping to get a first-round pick in return for him, especially after Rick Nash commanded a huge package. Tampa, however, might not be interested in moving any significant roster pieces. And Washington has salary cap concerns.
Still, if something can be worked out, Green would be a huge upgrade for either team. In 56 games this season, the Red Wings defenseman has six goals and 23 assists for 29 points. Green is most notable for his ability to quarterback a power play. The Capitals and Lightning both have the depth to put him in situations where he’s going to succeed.