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Mike Green decides against filing for arbitration

Jul 7, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2012 in New York City.
(May 11, 2012 - Source: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Restricted free agent Mike Green doesn’t want to go to arbitration — at least that’s the logical conclusion to leap to after the Washington Post reported that he has decided not to file for it.

Green’s four-year/$21 million contract has expired and it’s hard to gauge what he will get, although the Capitals felt it was worth it to present him with a $5 million qualifying offer.

Green surpassed the 70-point milestone in back-to-back seasons. In 2008-09, he scored 31 goals, which is tied for the 11th best single-season total for a blueliner in the history of the NHL.

That said, he’s been limited to just 81 games over the last two seasons and even when he has been healthy, he hasn’t been putting up the same kind of numbers.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Capitals opted to ink him to a short-term contract to make sure he can bounce back. That being said, if he does, he could be in line for a very hefty sum next time he’s a free agent.

  1. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    He a puss now

  2. upyoursnfu - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Overrated

  3. eastcoastcynic - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    With the injuries he’s had over the last couple of years, I wonder if he’s been taking some “vitamins” and the effects of using have started to show:)?

    • jpelle82 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      he and ovechkin showing effects

  4. bcjim - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Can someone explain to me why non Caps fans have such hatred for Green/Semin, even Ovechkin?

    Oh, right…jealousy.

  5. londonfletcher - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    He needs another full season under his belt. He’s been too beat up the last two to even get into a groove. He still has, easily, one of the nastiest slap shots on the team and is a certified ot winner. 99% of the Caps ot wins in the last few years have been decided between Ovechkin and Mike.

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