Mike Green speaks about Capitals' Round 1 loss

green.jpgAs much heat as Alex Ovechkin and Bruce Boudreau received (and will continue to catch) for the Washington Capitals’ stunning first round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, it’s quite possible that no one was under the French fry lamp quite like Mike Green. Much of that negative attention comes with a second consecutive Norris Trophy nomination, but either way the young offensive defenseman is often criticized for his work in his own end.

Green finally met with the media today after dodging typical opportunities on two occasions. Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post gathered some of his thoughts. Here’s a few of the highlighted questions and answers.

Q: What needs to be different so you don’t have another [letdown] in next year’s postseason?
A: I think mentally I was preparing myself for the playoffs to play strong defensively. When all season you’re an offensive-minded player, and you get criticized about your defensive play, you try to adjust to become that complete player. Going into the playoffs, I wanted to play strong defensively. And maybe that [affected] my offense.”

Q: So was there too much going on in your [mind]?
A: When that gets into your head, you tend to not do the right things at the right times. You just have to be better.

Q: What were your raw emotions after the loss?
A: It was overwhelming. You almost want to cry. It’s disappointing. [Tearing up slightly.] The way I felt after that game is something I hope I never feel again. The expectations we had upon ourselves and what happened … The tough part for me is that it takes 82 more games to get another opportunity. That’s a long time.

That 82-game gap must be interminable, something that the San Jose Sharks could relate to. In the fishbowl of a 7-game series, three games seems like an eternity yet when you compare that stretch to full season it’s next to nothing. Yet that’s what makes the playoffs nerve-wracking and brilliant; any team can seize an advantage and beat a juggernaut.

I’ll leave you with Green’s reasoning for missing the 2010 IIHF World Championships and perhaps some explanation regarding his disappointing playoff output?

Q: Tough decision not to play in worlds?
A: Yeah, it is. I would have loved to go. But I did have an injury and George [McPhee] felt that I shouldn’t go.

Q: What was the injury?
A: My wrist. … I took a slash against Columbus [April 3].

Q: Need surgery? How much did it affect you?
A: No. It didn’t affect me that much. It’s just [that] it’s not going to get better if I keep playing.

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    Report: Flyers extend Bellemare — two years, $2.9 million

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #78 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Washington Capitals during the third period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Washington Capitals won, 1-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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    Philadelphia has re-upped with checking forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a two-year extension, per Sportsnet.

    It’s believed to be a $2.9 million pact, one that carries a $1.45M average annual cap hit. That’s a nice raise for the 31-year-old, who’s in the last of a two-year pact at $712,500 per.

    Bellemare joined the Flyers for the ’14-15 campaign, following a lengthy career in Europe that included stops in his native France, and a lengthy spell in Sweden. He’s emerged as a good energy guy in the bottom-six forward group, one that can kill penalties and chip in with a bit of offense.

    Today’s news might come as a bit of a surprise for Flyers fans, however. Bellemare was a pending UFA and, given he’s on the wrong side of 30, there was speculation he’d be sold at the deadline in the hopes of recouping some assets.

    Report: Jesper Fast out indefinitely after suffering shoulder injury

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Jesper Fast #19 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2015 in New York City.  Capitals defeated the Rangers 2-1.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    Some tough news if you’re a fan of the New York Rangers.

    According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Jesper Fast will miss some time with what’s believed to be a separated shoulder.

    Fast suffered the injury after being flattened by Alex Ovechkin in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

    The 25-year-old has been a key contributor for New York this season. He’s up to five goals and 15 assists in 59 games. He’s also second in shorthanded ice time and in hits among all Rangers forwards.

    The Rangers went into last night’s game without Mika Zibanejad and they also lost Chris Kreider momentarily yesterday, but he was able to return.

    Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is expected to provide an update on Fast’s status after today’s practice, but don’t expect the news to be good.

    Canadiens acquire Dwight King for draft pick

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal to take a 3-2 lead over the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at Staples Center on January 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    The Montreal Canadiens are keeping busy.

    Just one day after acquiring Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings and Brendan Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in separate deals, general manager Marc Bergevin completed another trade before the deadline when he acquired forward Dwight King from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

    It will become a third-round pick if he re-signs with the Canadiens this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

    In 63 games this season King has eight goals and seven assists.

    He also adds to the Canadiens’ apparent season-long attempt to become a grittier and tougher team, now joining a roster that now has seen Ott, Shea Weber, and Andrew Shaw join it over the past eight months.

    For the Kings, it is a move that clears out a bit of salary cap space, perhaps opening the door for them to complete a deal with Colorado for Jarome Iginla, something that seems to be a work in progress on Wednesday.

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    PHT’s 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker

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    Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

    Mar. 1

    To Montreal: F Dwight King
    To Los Angeles: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

    To Florida: F Thomas Vanek
    To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, D Dylan McIlrath (link)

    To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
    To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)

    To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
    To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)

    Feb. 28

    To Montreal: F Steve Ott
    To Detroit: ’18 6th-round pick (link)

    To San Jose: F Jannik Hansen
    To Vancouver: F Nikolay Goldobin, ’17 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

    To Edmonton: F David Desharnais
    To Montreal: D Brandon Davidson (link)

    To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
    To Dallas: F Mark McNeill, ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

    To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
    To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)

    To Ottawa: F Viktor Stalberg
    To Carolina: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

    To New York Rangers: D Brendan Smith
    To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

    Feb. 27

    To Washington: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
    To St. Louis: F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, ’17 1st-round pick, ’19 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

    To Ottawa: F Alex Burrows
    To Vancouver: F Jonathan Dahlen (link)

    To Montreal: D Jordie Benn
    To Dallas: D Greg Pateryn, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

    To Toronto: F Brian Boyle
    To Tampa Bay: F Byron Froese, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

    To Arizona: F Teemu Pulkkinen
    To Minnesota: Future considerations (link)

    Feb. 26

    To Minnesota: F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, ’17 4th-round pick
    To Arizona: ’17 1st-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick, ’19 conditional 4th-round pick, F Grayson Downing (link)

    To Los Angeles: G Ben Bishop, ’17 5th-round pick
    To Tampa Bay: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, ’17 7th-round pick, ’17 conditional pick (link)

    Feb. 24

    To Anaheim: F Patrick Eaves
    To Dallas: ’17 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

    Feb. 23

    To Pittsburgh: D Ron Hainsey
    To Carolina: F Danny Kristo, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

    Feb. 20

    To Calgary: D Michael Stone
    To Arizona: ’18 3rd-round pick, ’18 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

    Feb. 18

    To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
    To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)

    Feb. 15

    To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
    To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

    Feb. 4

    To Nashville: F Vernon Fiddler
    To New Jersey: ’17 4th-round pick (link)