Mike Green, one of the greatest defensemen in Caps history, is no longer a Cap. Bob McKenzie reports that Green has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings with an average salary of $6 million. It’s basically the same contract as the one he signed with the Caps three years ago. According to Craig Custance, the deal also has a full no-trade clause.
Last summer, the Red Wings were rumored to have been trying to trade for Green. Now they have their man without giving up anything in return. Besides a lot of money, of course, although maybe not as much as some expected.
The Capitals released a statement minutes after news of Green’s departure broke.
“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” the team wrote. “Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization.”
The Capitals have maintained for the last month that they would not make a big splash on the first day of free agency. Well, how about a stealth-like walk down those steel stairs into the pool?
At noon, GM Brian MacLellan made two important depth signings. First the Caps announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Stan Galiev to an affordable, two-year, $1.15 million contract. Galiev’s contract is two-way during the 2015-16 season and one-way during the 2016-17 season. GMBM has said that Galiev will be given every opportunity during training camp to make the team.
High noon is almost upon us, and thus Free Agency Mania 2015 is near. As of 12 PM ET, all unrestricted free agents can sign with any team and restricted free agents can be signed to an offer sheet. It’s total mayhem.
In terms of the Caps, the team is still looking to add a RW to play in the top six. They are also likely on the hunt for a third-line center and a right-handed depth defenseman. Brian MacLellan has already said that he expects to be more active in the trade market than in free agency, but don’t rule out the possibility of the Caps making a move today. Still, it might be quiet. That’s okay.
Even if the Caps don’t make a move, some (soon-to-be) ex-Caps could find a new home today. Need a refresher on who those dudes are?
John Erskine, age 35
Eric Fehr, age 29
Tim Gleason, age 32
Curtis Glencross, age 32
Mike Green, age 29
3 years, $6 M AAV
Joel Ward, age 34
We’ll update this post with big news, but we’re depending on you to keep us informed in the comments. Go wild. Continue Reading