Green to represent Red Wings at All-Star Game
Mike Green is by far Detroit’s biggest offensive producer from the blue line. (Hockey Weekly photo by John Castine)
Mike Green will represent the Red Wings in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.
The NHL announced on Wednesday that the defenseman will play for the Atlantic Division in the three-on-three mini-tournament on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.
Green, 32, is in his third season with Detroit and is by far the team’s biggest offensive producer from the blue line with four goals and 20 assists for 24 points in 41 games this season, fourth on the team. Green leads the Wings in average ice time with 22 minutes and 39 seconds per game. His 20 assists place him third on the club.
It is Green’s second All-Star selection. He served as an alternate captain for Team Staal during the 2011 All-Star Game. Green was also named an NHL First-Team All-Star in 2009 and 2010 after leading the league’s defensemen in points those two seasons.
Green is in the third and final season of a free agent contract worth $18 million he signed on July 1, 2015. Detroit is out of the playoffs, and if it remains out, Green is the most likely player to be traded. That's because the Red Wings may be able to get a first-round draft pick or two second-round draft picks for him, a right-handed shooting defenseman with offensive ability.
This will be the third year of the NHL’s three-on-three mini-tournament format in which players represent each of the league’s four divisions in two semifinal mini-games. The winners play in a championship mini-game.