There is nothing new in reporting that the Detroit Red Wings are using defenseman Mike Green as the biggest trade bait in their arsenal ahead of the Feb. 26 deadline. Green, a pending unrestricted free agent this summer, has known to be on the trade block since the start of the season, and with Detroit focused in on young players and the future. He is surely looking forward to joining a Cup contender for a long playoff run.
For a while now, many National Hockey League fans have pictured Green going back to the Washington Capitals, as rumors of this potential move happening intensified at the All-Star game weekend, when reporters asked him and Caps captain Alex Ovechkin about this possibility. Ovi seemed more than pleased about the possibility of getting Green back in his lineup, however, the veteran defender did hint at his struggled he experienced with the Caps, mostly in link with several injuries.
“We still have a good relationship,” Ovechkin said after the All-Star Game. “He’s a great player. Very happy for him to make All-Star. I wish all the best to him and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the future.”
“Obviously his skill ability, skating ability, control the puck, is pretty high,” Ovechkin said. “It’s nice if he would be back in Washington, but I don’t know if it’s possible or not so we’ll see.
“I’ll be blatantly honest, sometimes things don’t go as well as you want them to and you can kind of get kicked down and you’re faced with adversity,” Green added. “I think that was great, honestly. I think it gave me an opportunity to grow and make me a better player.”
Now, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports that a source claims Green has agreed to waive his no-trade clause. On one specific condition however, and it is not want Capitals are going to enjoy: the source claims that Green has agreed to waive his no-trade clause if a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning can be arranged.
"The Red Wings and Lightning have had many discussions and will continue to talk. Detroit would like Tampa Bay's first-round pick this year, which is sure to be in the high 20s, if not 30th or 31st. If the Red Wings must settle for a second-round pick, which would be around 60th overall, they'll also want a young player who can step into their lineup next season.
The league-leading Lightning are seeking a puck-moving defenseman as the potential final piece to a Stanley Cup championship team. Green has six goals and 23 assists in 56 games."
The Lightning are also said to be looking at New York Rangers captain and star defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and will likely investigate which options is cheaper and better long-term. They could only use Green as a rental, or re-sign him in the summer, as he is currently playing in the last year of his contract at $6 million. The Wings have also not ruled out the possibility of attempting to re-sign him on July 1 even if he is traded.
We could see a trade quite shortly... stay tuned!