Here’s some interesting scuttlebutt for your pre-deadline news cycle. On Thursday’s 31 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman reviewed each team and what their priorities may be as we approach the trade deadline on Monday, February 24. When he got to the Caps, things got real juicy.
Not only are the Caps interested in trading defender Nick Jensen, they may want ex-Cap Mike Green back from Detroit.
“I’ve heard that Jensen might be available,” Friedman says about an hour at 10 minutes into the podcast. “It just hasn’t worked there as much as they’d like. You just added Dillon, and your top four is gonna be Carlson, Orlov, Kempny, and Dillon. I think Washington might have some interest in [Mike] Green. Jensen’s extended for four years at two and a half million. That’s a big number. I just don’t think it’s worked there as much as everybody hoped, so I could see Jensen potentially being moved.”
Mike Green, 34, is currently earning $5.4 million a year on an expiring deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He played his first ten seasons with Washington. Meanwhile, Jensen’s position with the Caps has been in question all season as he’s sported the team’s worst goal differential. The Caps recently auditioned Martin Fehervary in his slot, and the Brenden Dillon trade may have been targeted at making him replaceable.
Friedman continues, speaking about the candor of Washington’s GM. “Brian MacLellan — he’s got big brass ones,” Friedman says. “He’s not afraid. And when he comes out the other day and says, “I don’t like the way our team’s playing right now.” He’s not just saying that for the hell of it. He’s saying that because he means it.”
The trade deadline is Monday.
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