Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Green re-signs with Caps

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenceman Mike Green.

Sources tell TSN it's a four year deal with an average annual salary of $5.25 million.
Even only two years ago, a 22-year-old defenceman with one solid NHL season under his belt would never, ever get this kind of cash as an RFA.

Call it the fear of an offer sheet.

Green and his agent used that possibility to extract what they could before July 1, but give him credit for not putting GM George McPhee even more over a barrel by waiting for one of the other 29 teams to get desperate enough to offer a deal and picks.

Green may be young and inexperienced, and still needs some work on his defensive game, but he is already an elite offensive blueliner and will continue to blossom over the next four years.

What Washington didn't manage to buy is any of his UFA years, meaning he could be in line for an even bigger payday in the future.

Still, a good move to lock him up. Cristobal Huet is next, and he's likely to get a similar deal.



At 1:08 p.m., July 01, 2008, Blogger Sig said...

Green led NHL defensemen in scoring last year... that is once they made Dustin B (I won't dare spell this out) a winger as he truly is. On top of that, Green looked amazing in Worlds. There's no reason to believe he won't continue with that success. He scored some huge goals for the Caps last year too. Now he'll be manning the power play point for the Caps for another four years... good for him and good for the Caps. $5 million in four years might be nothing come then should the cap continue to increase.

At 1:29 p.m., July 01, 2008, Blogger C. said...

I'm presuming Sig meant Dustin Byfuglien of the Hawks... seeing as I forget which position Dustin Brown plays and "Brown" is an easy name to spell. ;)



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