Throughout his career in the NHL, Mike Green has been somewhat of an unjustified whipping boy for Washington Capitals fans, a person to blame the team’s failures on.
He’s a playoff choker. He doesn’t play defense. He’s soft. And because he is supposedly these things, there are a significant portion of fans that want him off the team.
This summer, Green is a restricted free agent – something he hasn’t been for four years. The last time he was, coming off an 18-goal, 56-point season, Green was rewarded with a four-year, $21 million contract.
Last month, the Capitals extended their qualifying offer to Green in order to keep his rights – which was valued at one year and a little more than $5 million. It would have given the Capitals, and Green, a full season to judge where each other were before either hammering out a new contract or going their separate ways.
But as you probably know by now, Green declined the offer, allowing it to expire at 5 PM Sunday afternoon. That mean...