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PHT Morning Skate: Mike Green could be due for big year

Aug 16, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Fans in Washington might want to get geeked up for what could be a big season from defenseman Mike Green. Anything that makes us think of the Caps’ salad days from 2009 has to be a good thing. (

Jonathan Toews says it’s a gold medal or bust for Canada at the Olympics in Sochi. It’s also like that every four years for Canada so… Yeah. (

Former Devils majority owner turned minority partner Jeff Vanderbeek had himself a day filled with mixed emotions watching a pair of new guys buy him out of deep trouble. (Fire & Ice)

Meanwhile, the Devils sale is another feather in the cap for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says David Shoalts. (The Globe And Mail)

Ottawa restricted free agent Jared Cowen is apparently close to getting paid. Hey, that Alfie money had to go to someone, right? (Ottawa Sun)

If you thought Chicago fans were going to handle the Nashville Predators’ new ticket policy meant to keep them out well, you’re forgetting how fans operate. (The Tennessean)

  1. govtminion - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    A big year for Mike Green. Right. In other words, just like the local media has been predicting for the past several years. And, just like usual, what will actually happen is he’ll miss a significant chunk of the season with injuries, make a slew of bad turnovers in his own zone, fail to keep the puck in the opposing zone during the power play, and still somehow have Caps fans fawning over their ‘elite’ defenseman.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      yeah caps fans can have him, if that is what they have to look forward to then good for them, at least its something. plus they’re used to getting excited only to be let down by now anyway.

  2. lowenni - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I don’t think it’s fair to tease Mike Green for his supposed deficiencies anymore. As a Caps fan, I can’t understand why so many people praise Erik Karlsson’s game and criticize Green’s. As a Caps’ fan, I watched almost every game Mike Green played in, and I noticed significant improvement in the defensive areas of his game. Does he still have the occasional turnover? Yes, of course, every offensive defenseman does. But he plays a safer game now. And don’t forget that despite missing nearly ten games he led ALL defenseman in goal scoring with 12. If he’s healthy (and following his surgery he could finally be permanently) he could put up 60-70 points, maybe 20-30 goals. I do expect a revival of Green this season

    • cdalton2690 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I agree that Greens injuries were a big factor in his lack of production. As the season went on he got better. But his defensive abilities are not up to par with where a NHL player should be. He is scared to take a hit, that’s why the Rangers ran over him every chance they had in the playoffs. If he gets hit he hears footsteps the rest of the game which leads to him making bad decisions with the puck. I like Green and I think he can be better on the offensive side of the puck like he use to be but he has a lot of work to fix his defensive game.

  3. letsgocaps88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Look atleast we no longer have big bird aka Jeff Shultz. I root for green and his play in his own zone hasn’t been the best but as previously mention he has improved. He reminds me a bit of gonchar back in the jagr dc era. Injuries are a misfortune but be he is known to throw a good hip check or two. I think back to the caps vs Philly game maybe 2009 or so. He still has that back door short side shot that we see alot on the power play. Healthy green with Adam Oates as the bench boss I can see good things. Respectable numbers for sure.

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