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Barry Trotz isn’t writing off Mike Green

Jun 29, 2014, 7:49 PM EDT

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New Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz already spoke about improving Alex Ovechkin‘s game, but what about struggling defenseman Mike Green?

Trotz told the Washington Post that he hasn’t given up on a blueliner who draws a ton of criticism (at least when he’s relevant enough to generate any attention at all).

“It’s probably unfair for me to go he’s written off,” Trotz said. “He’s not when I look at him, I see some of the things and say you can do that a lot better. Then sometimes I see things and I’ll go wow, that’s guys got things a few people can do.

“With Mike it’s getting a fresh start with me in terms of that and hopefully it’s a big deal for him.”

Trotz rightly points out that the 28-year-old has been dealing with serious injury concerns, although it’s unclear how exactly the Capitals might ease his troubles.

Really, one goal might be to simply get him out of his own head. As Trotz mentions, Green can be “pretty dynamic” when his game is on, yet that hasn’t happened as often as the Capitals would like lately.

Considering this, though: Green is a lot like a troubled quarterback dealing on an NFL team that keeps rotating head coaches and philosophies. Since firing Bruce Boudreau during the 2011-12 season, the Capitals briefly brought in Dale Hunter, went through two very … distinct seasons with Adam Oates and now provide a very different (if maybe somewhat Hunter-like) voice in Trotz.

Sports coaches often feel like they can “fix” a player and Green strikes many as the type who needs a renovation, so it’s possible that his head could be spinning from hearing about all the things he allegedly needs to change.

If nothing else, Trotz can make a difference merely by providing Green with something he might not get very often: encouragement.

  1. rsmaggiemae - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    wow, are any of the players for the Caps going to like Trotz?????

    • capsnbohs23 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      So Green and Ovi count as everyone?

      • govtminion - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        Everyone? Nah, just half their salary cap. 😉

        I never had the impression that the Predators players didn’t get along with Trotz- with the exception of the party animals that he benched. So long as his players do their jobs, it seems Trotz does just fine with the players he’s working with. What that means for players whos’ work ethic can be somewhat questionable like Green and Ovechkin is hard to say. What it means for hard workers like Fehr, Backstrom, and Ward? Good times ahead.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Mike Green is a turd on ice.

    • capsnbohs23 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      thats an insult to turds

  3. bleedrangerblue - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Trotz needs a drug test ASAP.

  4. pr0jecktpat - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    The first thing Trotz needs to do is teach Mike Green how to play defense, and much like Ovie he does a fair amount of gliding, he needs to work on his conditioning. Hopefully this final chance we will see a hungry Mike Green, but his attitude needs to change quick or he will be out of a job here in DC.

  5. rsl22 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Green is not the problem. Playing him with Schultz and Erskine for the past 5 years was the problem. If the Caps finally got a decent defender to help him out at all, he wouldn’t be targeted by every team, could stay healthy, and would have a chance to play his game.

  6. cliffatola - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Did Trotz somehow secretly arrange a trip to rehab for Green ?

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