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Green wants to return to Washington: “I believe we’re going to win a Cup here”

May 18, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Washington Capitals at the moment. The head coaching job is vacant, Alex Semin sounds like he’s ready to leave and All-Star defenseman Dennis Wideman is an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

So it was probably nice for GM George McPhee to hear Mike Green wants to stay put.

“Absolutely, I love it here,” Green told CSN Washington. “This is a great organization, a great city and I believe that we’re going to win a Cup here and I want to be a part of it.”

Of course, it might not all be music to McPhee’s ears.

The hiccup with Green’s situation is that he’s an RFA. To retain his rights, the Capitals must make qualifying offer equal to his 2011-12 salary.

Green made $5 million last year.

The 26-year-old has also been chronically injured — missing 83 games over the last two seasons — and seen his offensive numbers plummet. Green, who once threatened to break the franchise record for goals by a defenseman, failed to record a single tally in his last 22 games of the year.

But when healthy, Green is a rare talent. He’s twice been nominated for the Norris Trophy and is only two seasons removed from a career-high 76 point campaign.

So, what’s his value heading into next season?

“That’s something that we’ll talk about, I’m sure, after things settle down here,” he said. “I’m excited to come back if that’s the game plan. That’s what I want, but we’ll see.”

  1. barkar942 - May 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I would let him walk if I was McPhee. Too fragile for the kind of money required to keep a too oft injured player.

  2. bcjim - May 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Give him his QO and see what happens. I’d like him back..not for stupid money, but I’d like him back.

  3. drewsylvania - May 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Likely won’t happen with Ovechkin there.

  4. rockthered1286 - May 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Let him test the market, make him an offer equivalent to what he made this past year and see where it goes from there. Defensively I feel great about this team with or without Green. Offensively…not so much.

    When he’s healthy, the offensive presence he brings to the D group is outstanding, and given his ability to actually play defense has vastly improved, I’d say there’s a legit shot he makes a comeback in 2012-13 season to his old form.

  5. dougr42 - May 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    trade his rights. get something out of losing him.

  6. thesableo - May 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    One way or another it’s a good idea to sign him. Offensive defensemen have been premium for a while now. Even if he doesn’t play well, someone will pay big for him at the trade deadline. (Think what Toronto got for Kaberle in 2011)
    That being said, I’ve heard he’s a jerk and parties way too hard. Sometimes guys like that only play well when they’re comfortable, and don’t take well to being pushed. From this article, it sounds like his attitude is all right, but he looks more like trade bait than a champion to me.

  7. capsfan19 - May 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I think the thing we need to do first and foremost is to get tom poti out of the picture. I mean the guy could be dead for all we know!
    Sigh… Mike green is a big question. I would agree with testing the market and bringing him back. I dont want to give up to many of our assets on D. With semin gone it’ll free up a great deal of capspace as it is.
    I gotta say its also great to hear green apeak confidently of the team. We do have that in us and i appreciate his passion!

  8. unknowneric - May 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Well, it’s good that SOMEBODY believes, Greener.

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