Mike Green Traded to Oilers for Kyle Brodziak’s Contract, Conditional Pick
Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman made a classic late-night move on the eve of the NHL’s trade deadline by moving defenseman Mike Green to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Detroit #RedWings today acquired center Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Mike Green. pic.twitter.com/xc6izcqoLF— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 24, 2020
The conditional pick is for a 4th rounder in 2020, which would become a 2021 3rd if Edmonton makes it to the Western Conference Finals and Green plays in at least 50% of the games. While the second condition isn’t all that unreasonable (though Green’s injury history hasn’t been great lately), it’s the first that will really make Red Wings fans groan. #HereComeTheOilers
Worth mentioning, Mike Green waived his modified no-trade clause to accept a trade to the Oilers.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
LeBrun also reports that the Red Wings have retained 50% of Green’s salary in the deal:
Red Wings retain 50 percent of Mike Green’s cap hit and salary. https://t.co/xy8MkzR0IJ— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
Including Kyle Brodziak in the deal is a salary dump for the Oilers, as the 35-year-old center hasn’t played an NHL game since March 30, 2019. He had signed a two-year, $2.3M deal with Edmonton in the summer of 2018, but officially called it a career this past September, citing a degenerative back injury that would prevent him from ever playing at the professional level again.
So the first skate has dropped. Kinda wild to think that the Red Wings got a higher draft pick for Nick Jensen a year ago, but that just speaks to the kind of season this team is having and the effects it has on trade value.
Farewell, Mike Green.