DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have traded defenseman Mike Green for center Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick from the Edmonton Oilers.
The trade was announced early Monday morning after the Red Wings lost to the Calgary Flames, 4-2, in Detroit. Both Green and Andreas Athanasiou were held out of the Red Wings lineup as trade rumors swirled. The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Monday.
Green, 34, has been with the Red Wings since 2015. He is in the final year of a two-year contract with Detroit, set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. He has 11 points in 48 games played this season with a -32 rating.
Brodziak, 35, has already announced his retirement from hockey due to back injuries. He has not played a game since last season. His contract will expire at the end of this season. This is clearly a cap move for the Oilers who wanted to add depth to their blue line.
The conditional draft pick will either fall in the fourth round of the 2020 draft or the third round of the 2021 draft, according to the Red Wings. NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reports Green waived his modified no-trade clause to accept a trade to the Oilers.
Oilers GM Ken Holland said Green is “really excited to get back into a playoff race and play with the guys we’ve got.” Holland said the Red Wings are retaining 50 percent of Green’s contract.
Holland also said the draft pick becomes a 3rd round pick in 2021 if the Oilers go to the Conference Finals this year.
"I talked to him tonight. I know he's really excited to get back into a playoff race & play with the guys we've got."#Oilers GM Ken Holland delves into the acquisition of d-man Mike Green following the win in LA pic.twitter.com/T1hTWhhdFw— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 24, 2020