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Capitals re-sign Green: three years, $18.25 million

Jul 16, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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Looks like Mike Green was wise to turn down his qualifying offer.

The day after the Caps defensemen rejected signing a one-year, $5 million tender, Washington GM George McPhee announced the club inked Green to a three-year, $18.25 million dollar deal.

The contract has an average annual value of $6.08 million and will keep Green in the nation’s capital until 2015.

“We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract,” McPhee told the Caps website. “Mike is one of the best young defensemen in the National Hockey League and is just entering his prime. He will continue to be a key part of our team moving forward.”

The contract is risky given Green’s health concerns over the last two years. He’s missed 83 games with a myriad of injuries — concussion, ankle and groin — despite the fact he’s only 26 years old.

That said, Green is a dynamic defenseman when healthy.

He posted video game-like numbers from 2008-10 — scoring 149 points in 143 games — and earned back-to-back Norris Trophy nominations.

After overcoming an injury-riddled 2011-12 campaign, Green played solidly in the playoffs, appearing in all 14 of Washington’s postseason contests while finishing second among defensemen in points and plus-minus. He also showed an improvement defensively — the knock on Green throughout his career is he’s offense first, defense second — and was at the forefront of Washington’s shot-blocking party, registering 28.


— Green now has the 11th-highest cap hit among all NHL defensemen. Only Ryan Suter, Brian Campbell, Drew Doughty, Zdeno Chara, Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Dion Phaneuf, Wade Redden (ha!), Erik Karlsson and Kimmo Timonen earn more annually.

— The deal’s salary structure calls for Green to make $6 million in each of the next two years, then $6.25 million in 2014-15.

  1. jimw81 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Another bloated contract to another average player. owners have zero legs to stand on in CBA talks.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      He posted video game-like numbers from 2008-10 — scoring 149 points in 143 games — and earned back-to-back Norris Trophy nominations. YEA BRO F-IN F YEA !

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Yeah but he is a defenseman that is weak-average in his own zone plus has only played like 80 games over the past 2 or 3 seasons(I forget which one but not good either way). Green is a great asset but not at that cap hit

      • drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        And you said it yourself–the last time he was good ended in 2010.

      • jimw81 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        He’s a turnover machine just like Matt Carle. He’s injury prone and disgraced the Norris Trophy at the same time.

    • rockthered1286 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      And yet despite Crosby sitting a ton of games in the past 2 seasons, everyone praised his skill and contract regardless of being injury riddled as well? Show me some logic there boss…

      • drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        FWIW I didn’t praise that deal–I mocked it.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        what does crosby have to do with green? you’re one of those come along caps fans that just found out in 2005 there was a team in washington. just have to mention the penguins but talk about haters hatin’. lol…stew over the media fabricated caps – pens rivalry some more as you watch malkin continue to improve while ovechkin continues to decline. great draft in 2004.

      • rockthered1286 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Wow you read me like a book from one comment, huh? OR, we could say that I’ve been playing hockey since I was a kid and I’ve watched the Caps since I was a kid, right around the time Carrey was traded to the Bruins for Oatesy and Tochett (amongst other parts being moved) and I can proudly say I come from a hockey family. This comparison was made based on one thing and one thing only: big name. big contract. serious injuries over the past few seasons. I was simply stating that Green is catching flack because he’s had some down D years up til 2011-12, had some injuries, and people automatically call him garbage and say he’s overpaid. On the other hand, you have Crosby coming off of 2 injury plagued seasons who’s always been referred to as not as physical of a player as he should be (put nicely, a wuss). So 2 players with the same injury situation, the same issue where they’re being knocked for an aspect of their game, and yet Crosby was never questioned for his contract, while Green is being scrutinized. That’s about it. Name me another player with a similar situation and I’ll compare those 2, it just happened to be a Pitt player and Pens fans are so insecure they think anytime you mention Crosby it’s an attack on them. Get over yourselves.

        And regarding the fairweather fan comment, and stating I didn’t know a team existed until 2005: considering the Pens fanbase was down to nothing prior to Crosby, I’d say maybe throwing stones in a glass house isn’t the best idea now is it?

      • soupcansid - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        crosby didn’t get a raise for missing a full years worth of games. green got a raise. crosby is still the best player in the game and green isn’t even the best player on his team.

      • skinsfan121 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        amen! im tired of the crosby double standard anyone ese does the EXACT same things as him and they get sh!t on for it. and i believe Crosby’s injury riddled body and brain had a fat monstrous contract far more painful to swallow than washington giving him 6 mil a season…….and they are still 11 mil UNDER the cap….i dont have a problem with this as long as he stays healthy thats the key

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Don’t necessarily have an issue with the Green deal. It’s risk and reward. If he can stay healthy your probably underpaying him. If he can’t well then it probably wasn’t worth it.

        All contracts, no matter the term, no matter the player are exercises in risk and prospecting. With that in mind, both the Crosby deal and the Green deal are fine. Neither team should be catching flak for the deal.

        I will say this though: the possible reward is a lot higher on the Crosby side than the Green side, but I would assume no one would argue that, no matter what they “rock.”

      • rockthered1286 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        When did I ever say I was against Crosby’s contract? I didn’t. I said it’s unfair to give Green a bunch of shat for injuries when Crosby is in the same boat. And I’m not saying he has a higher reqard but I will say this: Count the # of guys who can potentially hit the offensive numbers Crosby does. I can say about 6-10 in any given year (primarily Ovi, Malkin, Stamkos, either Sedin, Nash). Now count how many 2 time Norris Trophy candidates have had back to back seasons where they put up 130+ pts. Not saying he WILL hit that number, but if we are talking upside and best case scenario, there it is. For $3M less per year and several years less, that’s the Caps upside for Green.

        So would you also say Peyton Manning is still the best QB in the NFL even though he’s missed extended time? Give me a full season before backing up your “best in the game” claim. If he puts up this year, I’ll shut up about it, but I need more proof than a handful of games to end the season and one round of the playoffs where they lost.

  2. capesouth - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Good signing IF he stays healthy and the Caps can figure out how to be more balanced offensively and defensively. He is doing his job when he is creating offense but the past couple of years have showed a change in style for the Caps where they try and be more defensive. It obviously doesn’t work with the players they have. Revert back to some of their offensive ways and Green will contribute in the way he knows best.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      6 mill a year should be reserved for a guy who does both. move him to offense if you have to but he is not worthy of 6 mill as a DEFENSEMAN. he sucks at D

      • lordfletcher - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        I am guessing most of the Thumbs down are from Caps fans which is fine, but this deal is a bit high for what he should be worth as an in house signing. If this was a free agent pick up, the price wouldn’t concern me, but internally, this shouldn’t have been the best deal possible for the club and player. IMO.

        No matter what, we can think this contract is too high, too low, just right, whatever… the only thing that matters is; does this make the Caps a better team. The answer is yes, pending if Mike is healthy and able to play 70 games a year, otherwise this contract could hinder what they want at the end of the year (stanley cup). This deal all comes down to just that, if they win a cup in the next 3 years, great deal, if not, shouldn’t have done it and or for that price…. time will tell.

        -wild fan

      • capesouth - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        He’s capable of 70 pts in a season. In today’s NHL, no matter what position he plays, that is worthy of 6 million. I agree, he is not the best defenseman but he was going to get that money somewhere. The Caps are better with him than without…so, he is worth it…

      • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        he’s barely capable of walking without getting hurt, much less ever coming close to 70 pts again.

  3. govtminion - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    The injury bug aside, six million a year for a guy who regularly leaves his own team hosed in their own zone is kind of surprising. That he’s missed a full season’s worth of games in the past two years just adds to this weirdness. Not sure if I like this move by McPhee, but at least it’s only three years.

    • therealjr - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Leaves his team hosed in their own zone. You either don’t watch Caps games or don’t know hockey.

      If anything, the risk in this deal is that he won’t perform enough offensively to justify the contract.

      • govtminion - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        I live in the D.C. area, watch most Caps games, and haven’t been impressed by Green in some time. Is it so hard to accept that someone may not agree with your assessment, you have to jump to claiming that they don’t know what they’re talking about at all?

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    i can name another 10 defensemen that should be making more, but their time will come. i think green has hit his ceiling with this deal though, the next 3 years will be interesting, we will see if he is worth it

  5. sjtorpitt - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Average player? Mmmm, no.

  6. rockthered1286 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Spare me with all of the comments about Green’s subpar D. That’s merely every troll who reads headlines from 2 years ago and claims it as something they know for a fact, yet hasn’t watched Green play since 2010. Truth is, Green has stepped up his defensive game tremendously in the past year (when he wasn’t riding pine) and he’s still growing as a player. Get him a solid linemate back there and I still think he’s capable of 60+ pts and better defensive numbers.

    But as they say, let the haters hate…

    • drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      As opposed to the people who base Green’s value going forward on two seasons from two years ago?

    • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      not many people have watched green play since 2010 because he has barely played. i watch the caps all the time, he gets burned trying to pinch, gets outworked in his own corners and often blows coverage in front of his net. he is weak on his stick, guys get under him all the time. i will give him credit for blocking more shots but he has poor technique in that even. see video….lmao.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM


        Come on man you gotta read the crap that you type and say to yourself “wow I’m an idiot”

        I don’t know if you saw the same game i did, but i saw a player sacrifice for his team and take a shot to the head. Then for you to say “i will give him credit for blocking more shots but he has poor technique in that even. see video….lmao.”

        I know this is a dumb question to ask, but im going to do it any ways.. How NHL games have you played as a D-man? I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say none. Just don’t knock a guy for using his head.

  7. thegronk87 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Green sucks.

  8. bcjim - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    More amusing hate spewing….Semin sucks, Green sucks, Ovi sucks…sure they do.

    If you want a hamfisted dman fine go get one. We’ll stick with Green, thanks.

    Why are so many non Caps fans so concerned about Caps players? Jealousy? Hm? Hm?

    Good work GMGM, now resign Semin please.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Bruins fan here. Why exactly would I be jealous of Green?

  9. bcjim - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    BTW, here is a list of comparables.

    How many of these would anyone take over Green? Factoring in age/term/skill/etc…Answer: Not that many.

    So spare me.

    • rockthered1286 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Well put Jim. Agree 100%.

      As far as Sasha goes, the ONLY reason I’d resign him is because he now has a chip on his shoulder, realizing that the market is not as lucrative as he thought and nobody is clamoring for a player with good stats but poor attitude, penalties, etc. I can imagine we could bring him back for a 2 yr deal and that offense would be potent under Oatesy.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Uh, lemme see…I’d take Doughty, Chara, Yandle, Bouwmeester, Boyle, Keith, Karlsson, Burns, Seabrook, potentially even Timmonen and Visnovsky. So, about half of them.

      • soupcansid - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        hit the nail on the head.

      • bcjim - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        Fine, I dont agree with all but he is still therefore in good company $$ wise if you better than half the list.

        And JBo is supposedly the most overpaid dman in the league according to many, Keith is spotty, Burns, eh,.

        Doughty is the only one I would take for sure. Chara is old, Karlsson is Green 2.0, Boyle is old, etc.

      • creasemasta41 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:17 AM

        I would only take doughty, chara, byfuglien, karlsson, and maybe keith and myers over him. Visnovsky, boyle and timmonen are too old, and bouwmeester just doesn’t put up the numbers to justify his cap hit. Burns and seabrook seem to have a 50 point cap, where as the guys i named could quite possibly make it to 60 and some even 70. For green this contract seems just fine compared to other similar players

  10. caps247 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    GMGM always keeps to himself if he’s gonna sign someone or not. I kind of hope he signs Sasha (Semin for those non-Caps fans) because Ribeiro/Backstrom would create some nice opportunities. However on the other hand, CSNWashington reports that we signed Wojtek Wolski for a real cheap price to “replace Semin”. If GMGM doesn’t resign Sasha I hope Wolski can bounce back from his past couple seasons.

    As for Green, the real topic here, sure he’s not the best defender but to say he’s not stepped up his D means you are either a hater, don’t watch Caps games, or are just plain ignorant. Regardless of who it was, everybody learned an important lesson from Hunter, whether it was the system or the will to sacrifice whatever it took to win.

    I’m looking forward to Green having a bounce-back and healthy year.

    • soupcansid - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      and they couldn’t make it passed the second round yet again. now they lose one of their best shooters and give a raise to an injury prone “d” man? they still have to pay carlson long term

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        really twice in a the first round and your goin to talk about the Caps…please

  11. capsfan19 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Greenie is making that alex semin money?!? Eh thats a bit much but id rather him over wideman!
    It all depends on how he does this season and then i will judge this contract.

  12. caps247 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Crosby will retire before Ovechkin will decline.

    He was only in the top 5 for scoring in the NHL last year. Watch out people, he’s declining because he can’t get 50+ goals a year anymore.

    And keep in mind, Ovechkin found a way to score and make the most of his time in a defense-first system, especially with career lows in TOI in the playoffs. He’s not declining, but learning and finding better ways to add some offense.

  13. caps247 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Gotta love the Caps-Pens rivalry, huh? Haters gonna hate.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Yea GREEN BEAN ARMY BOY! Soupcan army ain’t sh!t !!! jk not stepping down to their level…

      Great for Greenie and the caps, cant wait til Oct 12th. hopefully theirs a season to watch this year

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