While many Detroit fans are pleased with the return that Detroit got for Tomas Tatar, just as many are upset that Mike Green remains on the team.
On the one hand, it’s obviously upsetting that the one piece that Detroit was planning on absolutely getting something for at the deadline didn’t get traded, but before people are ready to burn everything down, take a step back and look at the overall situation.
For starters, the injury to Green certainly didn’t help. It’s been reported as something that’s not serious, but not playing in the five games before the deadline doesn’t help a player’s trade value.
Craig Custance reported that Green had pre-cleared a trade to either Tampa Bay or Washington, and that anything else would be considered on a case-by-case basis from the Green camp.
We don’t know what other teams were interested, and we’ll hopefully get some reporting in the next day or two like last year, when we learned that the market for Thomas Vanek was far different than what we anticipated.
I’m not saying that’s the case, but it’s hard to make a trade if other team’s aren’t interested.
The last obstacle working towards a Green trade today was the holdup over Erik Karlsson and Ryan McDonagh.
A team wanting to really bolster their blue line would have these two in their sights, and would view Green as a Option C. With Tampa trading for McDonagh very late in the process and other teams spending much of deadline day negotiating with Ottawa based on reports, I think that really hurt the ability to trade Green.
The thing that tells me that not trading Mike Green was some sort of belief that the team can still make the playoffs is that it makes no sense to hold onto Green while trading Tomas Tatar.
My guess, and we’ll see as more information comes out, is that there just wasn’t much of a market today for Mike Green. At the end of the day, I’m thrilled with the return for Tatar (although I will miss him as a player), and I’m disappointed that a Mike Green deal didn’t get done.