Of all the names on NHL trade market, one has seemingly gone under the radar since the start of the season: Detroit Red Wings defenceman Mike Green. Big names like New York Islanders forward John Tavares, Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane and Arizona Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson have dominated trade discussions, but with Green playing on an expiring contract and putting up his best offensive numbers in years, are teams sleeping on the 32-year old blue liner?
Green has a remarkable two goals and 18 points in 25 games with a weak Red Wings squad this season. He’s a right-shooting offensive defenseman, something the Leafs are lacking in sorely. Outside of Nikita Zaitsev, the Leafs don’t have anyone on the blue line who can put up points on the right side.
The best part? The Leafs could likely acquire Green for very little. He’s in the final year of a three-year, $18 million deal and isn’t likely to be in the Wings’ long-term plans. Chances are Wings GM Ken Holland would be happy with a return of draft picks or a B level prospect. And hey… if things go well and Green fits in like he should, the Leafs could even throw him an offer before he hits unrestricted free-agency.
So, what do you think? Should the Leafs trade for Mike Green?