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03-21-2011, 02:10 PM
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NobodyBeatsTheWiz
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No chance I trade Green without giving him an extended run with a competent defensive partner.

Hannan-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Wideman-Poti/Erskine/Schultz

There's no reason that shouldn't be the defensive lineup for the playoffs.

If Green still can't perform (caveat: he's fully healthy and has had a run of games to get in shape), then maybe you explore trading him. In my mind, you have to get a mobile, puck-moving defenseman back, plus whatever assets make the trade worth it from a Caps perspective.

Frankly, there's still very little chance in that scenario that I'd trade him. I've used this stat to death, but I'll use it a again: there are 2 defensemen in the NHL that have had 70-point seasons. Green's had 2, and the other guy has his name on the Norris 6 times. If his salary becomes problematic, move two of Wideman/Poti/Schultz, and replace them with sub-$1M players. There's several competent sub-$1M defensemen on the free agent market every summer.

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