Mike Green, long rumored to be joining the Detroit Red Wings, has finally, actually joined the Detroit Red Wings.
Green has agreed to a three-year, $18 million dollar deal. The 29-year-old will give the Wings the kind of right-shooting, power-play quarterback that former coach Mike Babcock had been “all over” GM Ken Holland to get.
Green is coming off a productive season with the Caps, one in which he finished with 10 goals and 35 assists. Also notable was his ice time. He averaged just 19:06, considerably less than the 22:44 he logged in 2013-14, before Washington signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik.
The additions of Niskanen and Orpik ultimately meant Green would move on from the club that drafted him all the way back in 2004.
“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” the Caps 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.”