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Mike Green | Defenseman

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 207
Contract: view contract details

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Capitals coach Barry Trotz is excited about what Mike Green might accomplish this season.
"He's such a dynamic player and I'm quite excited to work with Mike," Trotz said of Green. "I think what we're going to do as a team will be right up his alley, with handling pucks and moving pucks and getting up in the play and being an active part of the attack. The areas he needs to work on is around the cage, some of the boxing out. When he does that his skill set is phenomenal and we want to be able to emphasize those assets." Trotz was originally not sure if his direct approach would be best for Green, but he is more upbeat after the two had an opportunity to talk. Green is entering the contract season of his three-year, $18.25 million deal and is hoping to start producing like he used to. He's far from a safe bet to do that, especially given his injury history. Sep 12 - 6:06 PM

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Washington is still committed to Mike Green after adding a pair of defenseman in free agency on Tuesday.

"He's a good player," GM Brian MacLellan said. "He had a little bit of struggles with injuries last year. He had an okay year. But we're hoping to get him back on track, yes." The Capitals brought in former Pittsburgh blueliners Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen on high profile contracts, while Green carries a $6,083,333 cap hit on the final year of his deal. His name came up as a possible trade candidate, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards for the Capitals.
Jul 3 - 12:06 PM

Washington GM Brian MacLellan would like to keep Mike Green and help him get back "on track."

"I guess I'm open to trading anybody," he said, "but as of right now I think we'd like to bring Mike Green back." MacLellan added that there were circumstances that hindered Green during the 2013-14 campaign, but he didn't go into detail. Green has missed chunks of the past four seasons due to injuries.
Jun 16 - 4:47 PM

Coach Adam Oates wanted to rely on Mike Green this season to be a leader on Washington's defense corps.

"He's had a lot of partners, but he's also supposed to be the guiding light," Oates said. "He's the veteran. He's the guy we count on. He's supposed to take care of them, not the other way around." Green was paired with Karl Alzner, John Erskine, Jack Hillen, Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov during the 2013-14 campaign and he had trouble adjusting. He led all Capitals' blueliners in scoring with 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) in 70 matches, but he admitted to being frustrated at times over the course of the season.
Apr 17 - 4:17 PM

Mike Green (upper body) may be gone for the remainder of the regular season.

And that likely means the rest of the year as the Capitals are close to being eliminated from post-season consideration. Green has nine goals and 38 points this season with a minus-16 rating and 64 penalty minutes. He is a tough fantasy player to figure out as he has excellent offensive skills but his multitude of injuries and a mediocre plus/minus knocks him down in the ratings.
Apr 8 - 11:39 AM

Mike Green (upper body) won't accompany the team on their two-game road trip.

He didn't practice on Monday after he left Saturday's contest against the New York Islanders due to an upper-body injury. The Capitals play in St. Louis on Tuesday and at Carolina on Thursday before returning home for two games to end the regular season. It's unclear if Green will be available to play by then.
Apr 7 - 2:38 PM

Mike Green missed the last two periods on Saturday with an upper body injury.

Green was involved in a couple of collisions in the first period including one where he banged into teammate Jason Chimera in front of his own net but coach Adam Oates said after the game that Green was not hurt then. Nevertheless, the injury-prone blueliner played only 7:38 minutes. He has nine goals and 38 points with a minus-16 rating and 64 penalty minutes. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 6 - 11:11 AM

Mike Green’s two-game point streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday night, as the 28 year-old was a team worst minus-three in the Caps’ 5-0 shutout loss to Dallas.

Green is -15 this season, but has pitched in 38 points through 68 games so far, which is his best output since 2009-10.
Apr 1 - 9:53 PM

Mike Green netted the game-winning goal for the Capitals on Friday night.

After the Capitals blew a 3-1, third-period lead, their gifted offensive blueliner came up big midway through the frame. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there and made it difficult on ourselves, but we stuck with it," Green said. "Obviously we need the points. We were fortunate tonight. Sometimes you get those waves throughout periods that momentum shifts, and they had it there for a bit. We’ve got to make sure that we eliminate that when we notice it right away." Green has nine goals and 27 assists this season.
Mar 15 - 11:05 AM

Mike Green (concussion) returned to action on Thursday February 27.

Green logged 18:38 minutes in Washington's 5-4 overtime win against Florida. He missed five straight games before the Olympic break.
Feb 28 - 1:45 AM

Mike Green (concussion) is working himself back into game shape.

"I feel good. The break couldn't come at a better time," Green said. "It's just a matter of skating here, I didn't skate much before." He's been cleared for contact after passing his neuropsychological test. Green missed five games prior to the Olympic break because of a concussion.
Feb 20 - 2:16 PM

Mike Green (concussion) expects to be back in the lineup for Washington next Thursday at Florida.

He said he passed the neuropsychological test and is set to return. Green has been out of action since Jan. 30 because of a concussion. Get ready to activate him when the NHL gets back to work.
Feb 19 - 4:06 PM

Mike Green (concussion) isn't likely to return before the Olympic break.

If there's a silver lining in all of this, it's that Green will soon get a period of nearly three weeks where the Capitals aren't playing to rest and hope his symptoms dissipate. He will miss his third straight contest on Tuesday.
Feb 4 - 3:36 PM

Mike Green (concussion) will miss Tuesday's game.

Green wasn't feeling well Monday afternoon. That's after the news about him was rather upbeat on Saturday. Unfortunately recoveries from concussions can be very difficult to accurately project the course of.
Feb 4 - 12:59 PM

Mike Green (concussion didn't play Sunday and he skated at Monday's practice for about 10 minutes.

"Not quite ready for him mentally to get in there," coach Adam Oates said. "You don't want him to play careful and try and avoid [contact]. He practiced today, felt good again, he left a little early just because he didn't want to set it back and we'll see how he is tomorrow." Green has seven games and 30 points in 51 games this season.
Feb 3 - 2:49 PM

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D1Matt Niskanen
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