Caps Re-Sign Mike Green To A Three-Year Deal
The Capitals announced Monday that they have signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year deal worth $18.25 million. Green will make $6 million over the next two seasons, and $6.25 million in 2014-15.
Capitals GM George McPhee was optimistic Sunday that a deal would get done, but after Green turned down the team’s qualifying offer of one-year, $5 million, a bit of uncertainty crept in amongst the team’s fan-base.
McPhee told reporters Saturday “I don’t elaborate on these things. But we’re talking and I think there’s a deal to be made there. So hopefully we’ll have an answer today or tomorrow.”
McPhee’s confidence proved to be well-placed. Although Green did not get a super-deal like other free agents, signing him to a more than one year contract is still a risky proposition to some, considering his recent health issues.
Green missed 50 games last season while dealing with an ankle injury and then recovering from a groin problem, the latter requiring sports hernia surgery which prolonged his time off the ice. Green ended the season with just three goals and four assists, quite a ways off from his 2009-2010 season where he tallied 76 points.
Green has worked hard to improve his defensive work rate, something that he had been much maligned for in the past. But, his true talents are his quarterbacking of the powerplay and his ability to move the puck.
“I used Mike’s footage the last couple years in New jersey showing the D how to corral the puck, move a puck and have poise back there,” new Caps coach Adam Oates told reporters after being asked about Green's contract situation Saturday.
There is no question the value that Green brings to the Caps blue-line and to the power play, and his new contract reflects that. McPhee and Oates will hope that he regains his 2009-10 season form, and makes last season a distant memory.