Since today marks the final day of Mike Green’s career as a Washington Capital, we’ll give you the opportunity to share your favorite memories of “Game Over” in the comments section below.
In the meantime, we’ve provided a list of teams that might be willing to sign Green to a contract that likely will exceed his current $6.1 million salary with the Caps.
Edmonton Oilers: Can you imagine Green feeding the puck to the likes of Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? You’re talking high-octane explosiveness. But remember the Oilers are now run by former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who is very familiar with some of Green’s defensive shortcomings. Despite being tagged as a one-dimensional player, Green dramatically improved his defensive play under the direction of Todd Reirden last season and will be a strong addition to a blue line in need of a top-four veteran.
Detroit Red Wings: Green reportedly was at the top of the Red Wings’ wish list prior to last season when the Capitals were believed to be gauging interest in the veteran blue liner. Green would fit nicely onto a unit that already has Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and Danny Dekeyser and would have the chance to face the Caps three times.
Colorado Avalanche: If you recall, the Avalanche missed out on Brooks Orpik last summer because they were unwilling to give him a fifth year on his free-agent contract and the Caps relented. This year the Avs are coming off a non-playoff performance and need a blue liner who can get the puck to a nice crop of young forwards that includes Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg. In Colorado, Green would also be reunited with former Caps goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
Buffalo Sabres: If the Oilers aren’t sold on Green, the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres might be. Green would bring offense and veteran leadership to a team that needs both, especially now that they’ve added Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane and Jack Eichel. The Sabres’ back end has Zach Bogosian, Josh Gorges and Mike Weber, but could use a reliable third or fourth defenseman who can be an offensive threat on the power play.
Anaheim Ducks: First, there’s the obvious connection to coach Bruce Boudreau, who, as the coach in Washington, gave Green the license to skate at will and watched him score 31 goals in 2008-09. But the Ducks need help on the blue line, where Cam Fowler and Clayton Stoner will be left to fill the void left by UFA departures Francois Beauchemin and Sheldon Souray.
The pick: The Oilers, simply because they make too much sense.
(Now go ahead and share those memories):