DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings have finally got their right-handed shooting defenseman that can quarterback the power play.
The Wings inked former Washington Capitals blue liner Mike Green to a three-year deal at $6 million a season.
The deal fits perfectly for the Wings, who might not have been willing to give Green a longer term. And they weren’t ready to get into a bidding war for his services.
Detroit now has 19 players signed for approximately $62 million. That leaves about $9 million under the $71.4 million cap.
The Wings still have to sign restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Landon Ferraro, while factoring in the cost of re-signing Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Petr Mrazek in 2016.
Detroit has been in the market for a right-handed offensive minded defenseman since last season.
The knock on Green is he doesn’t play hard.
He can run a power play, will rack up the points, but he’s not air tight defensively.
He’s going to make up for it on the other end because he’s going to generate points so it’s a little big give and take.
Green, 29, is a two-time Norris Trophy finalist, awarded annually to the league’s top defenseman.
He’s spent his entire 10-year career with the Capitals where he totaled 113 goals and 247 assists in 575 regular season games. Fifty-two of his goals came on the power play.
In 71 playoff games, Green had nine goals, six on the power play, and 26 assists.
Green, who had a career high 31 goals in the 2008-09 season, slipped down the Capitals’ depth chart, falling to a third pairing, after they signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik last summer.
He averaged just over 19 minutes of ice time, which was the lowest since his first full season in the league, 2006-07. He scored 10 goals and had 35 assists in 72 games.