The Detroit Red Wings are still on the fence about being all-out sellers at the trade deadline, given how soft the Atlantic Division is this season, but they might be looking at the possibility of moving a key player. And not just anywhere...
According to TSN Insider Bob McKenzie, the Wings’ plumb trade asset heading toward the deadline is pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Mike Green. The reknown insider adds that he could become a useful asset to the Toronto Maple Leafs as a rental player for a Cup run.
The Leafs have been in the market for a quality defenseman and a rental possibility like Green might be the perfect solution for the playoffs, especially with Toronto's cap space situation.
“I think Mike Green would be a good add anywhere because A) I think he can still really skate, 2) he can really hammer a puck from the point on the power play, 3) he’s not a great defensive defenseman, but he’s been playing second pair,” explained McKenzie. “In the Red Wings’ scheme of things, he hasn’t been on the shutdown pair, but he has been playing usually against the other teams’ second-best players.
“He’s the type of defenseman I think that could help a lot of teams, including the Leafs.”
Green is in the final season of his three-year, $18 million contract, and he does have a no-trade clause. In 32 games this season thus far with the Wings, the former first rounder has tallied two goals and 18 points, along with a -4 rating.