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Mike Green decides against filing for arbitration

Mike Green

Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2012 in New York City. (May 11, 2012 - Source: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images North America)

Restricted free agent Mike Green doesn’t want to go to arbitration -- at least that’s the logical conclusion to leap to after the Washington Post reported that he has decided not to file for it.

Green’s four-year/$21 million contract has expired and it’s hard to gauge what he will get, although the Capitals felt it was worth it to present him with a $5 million qualifying offer.

Green surpassed the 70-point milestone in back-to-back seasons. In 2008-09, he scored 31 goals, which is tied for the 11th best single-season total for a blueliner in the history of the NHL.

That said, he’s been limited to just 81 games over the last two seasons and even when he has been healthy, he hasn’t been putting up the same kind of numbers.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Capitals opted to ink him to a short-term contract to make sure he can bounce back. That being said, if he does, he could be in line for a very hefty sum next time he’s a free agent.