Washington Capitals fans were able to dream and fantasize this weekend when Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green was reunited with former Caps teammates Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin at the 2018 All-Star Game.
But what if the hope of seeing Green back in Washington wasn't so far off reality?
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post believes Green could become a significant trade chip for the Wings ahead of the trade deadline. At the All-Star event, Green was asked about the possibility of returning to the Capitals by the deadline and answered that he hadn’t given it much thought.
The defenseman also added that he went through some adversity during his tenure in Washington but felt it made him a better player.
“Obviously it’s been brought up just recently,” Green said. “I haven’t put too much thought into it. Obviously as the season goes on you focus on the day-to-day path. I wish I could give you more of an answer. I’m sure as the next couple months go on we’ll find out more. I’ll find out more.”
“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 said of what he learned in his time in Washington. “I think that was great, honestly. I think it gave me an opportunity to grow and make me a better player.”
While he did not give any details on the said adversity, fans remember that Green suffered two serious injuries that hampered his game and raised questions about his defensive play.
Dougherty suggests Green’s offensive skills could make him a good fit with the Capitals. However, Green has a no-trade clause in his three-year, $18 million contract with the Red Wings that expires this summer.
It would all depend on Green accepting to waive his clause...Other contenders in need of a puck-moving defenseman with a right-handed shot will also be looking at him ahead of the deadline.
Ovechkin did say he would love to have Green back in Washington.
Let's see if it happens...