The Detroit Red Wings have signed free agent defenceman and powerplay quarterback Mike Green to a three-year deal worth $6 million per year, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
After reportedly being interested in Dion Phaneuf at last year’s trade deadline, it was speculated that the Red Wings would be in search of a filler on the blue line when free agency started on Wednesday. Green is entering his eleventh season in the NHL – all of which have been with the Washington Capitals.
Green’s put up an impressive 360 points (113g-247a) in 575 career regular season games. He’s coming off his best year since 2009-10 when he registered 76 points (19g-57a) in 75 games. After scoring 45 points (10g-35a) in 72 games in 2014-15, it was expected the Capitals would let him walk in free agency.
While the playoff streak of the Red Wings may have been somewhat questionable heading into the 2015-16 season, the addition of Green is a major step in helping the Wings make another playoff push in the coming year.
Green also brings 71 games of playoff experience to an already experienced franchise where he’s added 35 points (9g-26a).
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Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.