According to a team source, the Detroit Red Wings have determined Washington defenseman Mike Green is their top trade target.
The source says the Wings have reached out to the Capitals regarding Green's availability.
The source says Detroit's ultimate wish is to add a veteran right-handed defenseman for the short term, because it feels several of its young defensemen will be NHL-ready after another season in Grand Rapids.
The opportunity in Detroit is ideal for both parties, but there's no need for Washington to hurry into a trade. The source indicated that the longer Washington holds onto Green, more teams will express interest and therefore drive up the Caps' asking price.
Green does have a modified trade clause, though, so the number of teams that can afford his contract and he's willing to go to appears to be a short list, according to the team source.
The source says the Wings would like to move quickly for Green, and are hopeful they can work out a trade soon.
I am a big fan of Green as a player, and what he could bring. As long as the price isn't super steep I would support it. Malik speculated young forward + young prospect + 1st would be the cost. Would hope we could get it done for a little less.