And we’re officially down another young gun.
Mike Green, one of the greatest defensemen in Caps history, is no longer a Cap. Bob McKenzie reports that Green has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings with an average salary of $6 million. It’s basically the same contract as the one he signed with the Caps three years ago. According to Craig Custance, the deal also has a full no-trade clause.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 1, 2015
Last summer, the Red Wings were rumored to have been trying to trade for Green. Now they have their man without giving up anything in return. Besides a lot of money, of course, although maybe not as much as some expected.
The Capitals released a statement minutes after news of Green’s departure broke.
“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” the team wrote. “Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization.”
We said our goodbyes last week, but if you would like to swim in your own salty tears again, watch our farewell video below.
Also: a few more gut-wrenching surprises that I never got a chance to post previously.
Here’s Mike Green spending a minute trying to toss a puck to a fan.
Video via Tatjana Vorobyova
Here’s a feature on Mike Green AND RMNB during Hockey Night In Canada.
If you can’t see this video, click here to watch it on YouTube.
Here’s some video from the Schone family of Green and his Capitals teammates playing hockey with Bensten.
Greenie even asked B-Man for his autograph that day.
We’re sad, too, cat.
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