The war of words between a pair of one-time Washington Capitals Young Guns is escalating ahead of tonight’s matchup between the Caps and the Detroit Red Wings.
Yesterday, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told reporters he was “probably gonna slash” former Caps and current Red Wings defenseman Mike Green‘s beloved Easton Stealth CNT sticks. During his tenure with the Caps, fans rallied to supply Green with the discontinued twigs.
On Tuesday night the Washington Capitals pro hockey club will play against the Red Wings of Detroit hockey team in a match of hockey. To get you ready for the hockey match, we at R.M.N.B. have randomly selected a hockey player to introduce to you. The player we have selected is Mike Green, a defenseman hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. This article post will answer all the questions you were too afraid to ask about Mike Green.
Photo: Rick Osentoski
Last season, one of my favorite all-time blog moments happened when RMNB readers combined to reunite Mike Green with a fleet of his Easton CNT Stealth sticks. The twig, which Green used to score 31 goals in 2008-09, was discontinued about a decade ago. The superstitious defenseman said in interviews he’s never used a better stick.
“I don’t know if it was the manufacturing or what, but it just made for a really good stick,” Green said then. “Over the years, maybe they changed the technology or the balance and it’s just not the same. For me, these are perfect.”
Green has continued to use the bright blue relic in Detroit. On Monday, Green’s former teammate, Alex Ovechkin, promised to give the stick the respect it deserves.
You remember how exciting my photoshop of TJ Oshie in a Capitals uniform was a few days ago? Now let’s visit the opposite end of the feels spectrum.
On Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings posted a photoshop of former Capital Mike Green in his new #25 Red Wings jersey and no, I will never get used to this.
On the first day of free agency, long-time Capital Mike Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract to play in Detroit. Despite being the most sought out UFA on the market, Green found the decision, according to Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com, to be a “pretty easy one.”
Here’s Mike Green in his own words on why he signed with Detroit.
Photo: Harry How
Wednesday afternoon, Mike Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. After ten seasons in Washington, many of his teammates went to social media to say goodbye.
Among the first to voice tribute was Caps captain Alex Ovechkin. Selected in the first round of the same draft, Ovechkin has never played apart from Green.
And we’re officially down another young gun.
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.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 1, 2015
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.”
We said our goodbyes last week, but if you would like to swim in your own salty tears again, watch our farewell video below.
Thursday afternoon, CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley reported that Mike Green will be leaving the Washington Capitals as a free agent this summer. Most of us were wrecked by the news even though it’s been expected for weeks. Green, one of the franchise’s best defensemen, leaves behind a legacy of Awesome that may never be repeated in Washington.
Let’s revisit that legacy now in this video created by our very own Amanda Bowen.
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