The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick in either 2020 or 2021. The conditional pick going to Red Wings is a 4th rounder in 2020 – it becomes a 3rd rounder in 2021 if the Oilers make the conference finals and he plays 50 percent of the games. Green’s salary is retained 50%.
If you’re an Oilers fan and a Mike Green fan, Sunday was a good day. It started with great news that the Oilers were getting captain Connor McDavid back. There was a game-ending goal scored in a 4-2 victory over the Kings to stay in the playoff race and, around the same time, it was announced that Green was joining the team.
The Beginnings of the Green News
On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted that Green might be a player to watch out of Detroit and that the Oilers might be interested. An article with an accompanying video noted:
Green has a modified no-trade clause so there’s some control on his part. With just 11 points in 48 games, he is one of many Red Wings having a disaster of a season, but greener pastures could bring better production. He’s still a strong puck-mover who could thrive in a support role on a good team where he’d be surrounded by better talent. At the very least, he’d be an upgrade to many second PP units.
Green may not be the player he once was, but he can still run the man-advantage and he’ll provide insurance for the Oilers as a depth option. And, as a rental, this is a move Edmonton must have felt was necessary with so many injuries piling up and affecting the depth of the team.
Green, at one time, was a top-tier offensive d-man. Edmonton would have loved to have had him back in the day. He’s no longer that but he’s not far removed from 30 and 40-point seasons. Perhaps around better, more skilled players, he can produce in a more limited role for the Oilers.
Pierre Lebrun notes that Green waived any modified no-movement clause to join the Oilers. Clearly, he sees a chance to do something useful.
The question is the money and what else the Oilers can or cannot do now. Green makes $5.375 million this season. The Oilers could have used a forward and while Tyler Ennis is still on the radar, anything more expensive than that is going to be tricky.
As per Rishaug: Green arrives tomorrow to join team. Should be available for Tuesday’s game. Tippett wouldn’t speculate yet where he may play in the lineup.
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