It's no secret that the Detroit Red Wings have been looking to move offensive defenseman Mike Green ahead of the National Hockey League's trade deadline, but we now have a better idea of the kind of teams that may be interested in acquiring him.
On Friday Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman was a guest on Edmonton's 630 CHED radio when he stated his belief that Mike Green would be "out there" on the trade market. Friedman also revealed the names of two teams that have shown interest in Green, including one team that was spotted asking about Green during the NHL's All-Star Game.
“I think there’s going to be some interest in Mike Green," said Friedman as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. "He’s already been linked to Washington. I know they were asking about him at the All-Star game last week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa takes a look… I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa was one of the teams in there considering a look at Mike Green."
It makes sense that two teams legitimately poised to make a run at the Stanley Cup would be at the top of the list and, considering what a player like Green can bring to your defense, it's no surprise. Green's ability to quarterback a power-play unit as well as the particular skill set he brings to offensive zone face offs can be a true difference maker in the postseason, where teams play notoriously tight.
Despite the fact that his Red Wings have struggled this season, Green has still managed a solid season recording 5 goals and 21 assists for a total of 26 points in his 49 games played. No word from Friedman on what the Capitals or the Lightning may have offered for Green, but this looks like a very good opportunity for Red Wings general manager Ken Holland to replenish the assets in the Red Wings' cupboard.