In a phone interview with TSN on Wednesday, new Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green said waking up and realizing he was no longer a Capital “sort of slapped me in the face.”
Green, 29, spent his entire 10-year career in Washington, recording 113 goals and 360 points in 575 games. But when the Caps did not give him a new contract offer following this season, he knew he had played his final game in the nation’s capital.
“I think it sort of slapped me in the face this morning,” Green said. “Obviously, I knew it was coming, but a lot of memories and good times and good hockey in Washington that I’ll definitely never forget. But I’m definitely looking forward to the future, for sure.”
Green’s three-year, $18 million contract with the Red Wings is almost identical to the one he signed with the Caps three summers ago.
“It’s an original six team that’s competitive year in and year out,” he said. “I thought it was a good fit with what they wanted and what I wanted and I’m extremely excited to get started with the Detroit Red Wings. I think as a player you want [a longer contract], but I was willing to take a little bit less on term to go to a great organization that I’m extremely excited to play for.”
Green said he’s looking forward to playing in Detroit after playing under four different coaches in his last four years in Washington – Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter, Adam Oates and Barry Trotz.
“We definitely had a lot of changes and adjustments in Washington over the years,” Green said. “I’m really looking forward to the fast-paced, puck-possession style of play that Detroit plays. I think it’s a good fit with how I play and how they play as a team.”