Mar 11, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals coach dispels Mike Green rumors

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The Washington Capitals have spent much of their cap space shoring up their blue line into what they feel is one of the best in the league. After signing Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik to long-term deals, many have speculated that blue liner Mike Green’s time in DC may be coming to an end. In a recent interview though, head coach Barry Trotz cast aside that talk and instead spoke of putting Green into a leadership role.

In a video interview with CSN Washington, Trotz laid out his plans for the team, and specifically for Green, as seen below.

While many have ragged on Green for his putrid +/-, Green remains one of the steadiest possession players on the team. He drives the offense and is quick enough to get back on defense. The Capitals were a defensive mess last season and it would only be fair for a coach to say Green is getting another shot with the team.

As a vote of that confidence, Barry Trotz mentions in the latter part of the video that Mike Green will be part of a leadership group that Trotz also employed in Nashville. It’s hard to believe that Trotz would do that to someone management was shopping. Of course, it’s not hard to believe that management could be shopping Mike Green without the coach’s knowledge.

For now at least, it appears Green will be staying in DC for another year.

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