Pittsburgh Penguins: Free Agency Nears – 5 Options for the Pens in a Weak Market

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Apr 17, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman

Mike Green

(52) checks New York Islanders left wing

Matt Martin

(17) in front of Capitals goalie

Philipp Grubauer

(31) in the first period in game two of the first round of the the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Green

Mike Green is an interesting name to watch this summer, as he’s a big name that’s due for a decrease in salary due to his recent drop in production. Some will point to his stats and argue that he maintained his normal expectations. However, he was in a third-pairing role for much of the season and faced a lower quality of competition.

However, Green is far from done in the NHL and other teams know this, so the price for his services could skyrocket. If that’s the case, then why put him on this list?

Rob Rossi confirmed on TribLive Radio that Derrick Pouliot was indeed a piece of Jim Rutherford’s package to acquire the services of Phil Kessel. Without getting too in-depth about my opinion on that trade, I’ll simply say that if Pouliot is available via trade the Pittsburgh Penguins need to fill that spot, and they don’t have an internal candidate that can do it.

Green is one of the best defensemen on the market this summer, and he’s someone that the Pens will need to consider if Pouliot is moved.