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New 3-year, $18.25 million deal banks on defenseman returning to Norris finalist form
Question of the Day
The Washington Capitals‘ young gun on the blue line hasn’t come close, his past two years derailed by injury.
“A hundred percent, and it’ll be next year,” he said Monday.
The Caps wagered on Green recapturing that offensive brilliance by signing the restricted free agent to a three-year deal worth $18.25 million.
It’s a gamble that he can stay healthy and find the spark that was lacking even after his return from sports hernia surgery this past spring.
“I think they know what I’m capable of. It was unfortunate the last couple years that I’ve suffered from injuries,” Green said. “But I believe that I’m over them now. I think I got them all out of my system.”
The litany of injuries included shoulder, concussion, ankle and groin and caused the 26-year-old to miss 83 games the past two seasons. He managed just 11 goals and 20 assists when in the lineup.
Half the battle is staying healthy, though that’s not something Green thinks he has to prove to anyone.
“I think that personally and for my own mental state that I get back to that and I almost prove to myself that I can do it,” he said. “It’s been unfortunate over the last two years; I’ve worked hard to want to maintain that, and I’ve ran into some injuries that have caused a little bit of a fall-back in that department. I know that I’m able to do it, and it’s just a matter of me staying healthy and going and doing it.”
In giving him a contract that counts $6.083 million against the salary cap, Washington is paying Green as an elite defenseman, in line with general manager George McPhee’s statement that he’s one of the best young players at his position.
That cap hit ranks 11th among defensemen in the NHL.
That means Green is set to earn the third-most money on the team this coming season, behind just Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, and he’ll be counted on to anchor a young defense that includes John Carlson, Karl Alzner and Dmitry Orlov.
In giving him three years, the Caps are making a commitment to Green even longer than he expected.
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