Source: Wings, Green agree to deal
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Hockey Writer
Mike Green is staying with the Detroit Red Wings on a $10.75 million, two-year contract.
A person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press that the Red Wings agreed to terms with the 32-year-old defenseman on the new deal that counts $5.375 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal had not been announced.
Green was considered one of the top free agent blue liners after former Washington teammate John Carlson re-signed with the Capitals for $64 million over eight years.
Seven of Green’s eight goals came on the power play, where he’s a stabilizing force for Detroit. Twice a runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman during his time with the Capitals, Green is taking a pay cut from his previous $6 million salary to stay with the Red Wings.
Green has 142 goals and 322 assists for 464 points in 787 regular-season games with Washington and Detroit.
The Red Wings are looking to continue to be active when free agency begins Sunday at noon. Names they have been linked to include unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier and winger Thomas Vanek.