The Washington Capitals announced they have signed star defenseman Mike Green to a new 3 year, $18.25M contract ($6.08M/AAV).
When healthy, Mike Green is one of the best defensemen in the entire league. Green has put up 70+ points twice in his seven year NHL career. Green has been the backbone of a very offensively talented Washington Capitals team in recent years. Green has been a top performer in all situations especially the power play that featured top players Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alexander Semin. Not only could Green be counted on offensively, but he was very reliable on defense and in short-handed situations. Green’s high level performance has been recognized around the league as he has been nominated twice for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.
Green has missed significant time over the past two seasons with different injuries. In 2010-2011, Green appeared in just 49 games and this past season played in a career low 32 games. Both Green and the Capitals are hoping his injury days are behind him.
Green spoke on the deal. He said, “It was a long process. Negotiations started early in the year, but with the setback of the injury we were going to wait. Things got pushed back. I obviously wanted to be in Washington and they wanted me back, so there was time to wait. But I’m glad it’s done now.”
If Green can stay healthy, this is a great deal for the Washington Capitals. While the Capitals aren’t resigning Alexander Semin, keeping Mike Green as one of the centerpieces this team is being built around is key. To replace a majority of Semin’s offense, the Capitals acquired Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars. There is no doubt in both Green’s playing ability and mentality to want for the team to win and personally improve.
The Capitals are under a lot of pressure to win. Their recent regular season success hasn’t translated into the playoff success they’re looking for. Expect a healthy Mike Green to help get the Capitals over the bubble.
Can Green stay healthy to help the Capitals capture their first Stanley Cup championship?
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