Green signs $18-million deal with Detroit

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Detroit has landed its right-shooting defenceman.

Mike Green, an unrestricted free agent, signed a three-year, $18-million contract with the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday, mere hours after free agency opened.

Green’s $6-million salary cap hit marks a slight pay cut from the $6.08-million cap hit of his expired contract with the Washington Capitals.

Though he used to be a No. 1 blueliner, Green’s minutes placed him fifth on a good-looking Capitals squad in 2014-15.

“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” Green’s former team said in a statement.

“Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization.”


The 29-year-old offensive-minded D-man enjoyed a bounce-back campaign, however, scoring 38 points and earning a plus rating (+15) for the first time in three years.

“I want to play a significant role, whatever that is,” Green told reporters after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs.

“I take pride in whatever my role is on the team. I feel like I can play top-two [pairing] for sure.”

Ironically, Green was selected by Washington in the first round (29th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft with a pick that originally belonged to Detroit before it was traded to the Capitals in a deal that brought Robert Lang to the Red Wings.

July 1, 2015


Mike Green

Detroit Red Wings
3 yrs
Free Agency
$6 million
$18 million

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