The basement-dwelling Detroit Red Wings currently have a league-worst 15-45-4 record, with only 34 points in 64 games. The rebuild is in full swing, as new GM Steve Yzerman made his first move of the 2020 deadline early this morning by trading defenseman Mike Green to former Red Wings GM Ken Holland and the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Kyle Brodziak and a conditional 4th round pick.
The condition depends on whether or not the Oilers advance to the Western Conference Finals, and Green playing in 50% of the games. If this is met, Detroit will receive a 2021 3rd round pick from Edmonton. Detroit is retaining half of Green’s remaining salary on the season, as Edmonton will only pay him $2.687 million for the remainder of this season.
Kyle Brodziak hasn’t played a game for the Oilers this season, as he has missed the whole season with an injury. Brodziak was included in this deal to clear salary, as he currently makes $1.15 million and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. In his career, Brodziak has a -0.81 career AB score over 12-year sample size. He is coming off his worst season AB wise since 2014-2015, with a -3.25 score. Brodziak is 35 years old and will most likely not play a game for the Red Wings this season.
Green has a respectable career AB score of -1.96 over 12-year sample size. Green is coming off four straight negative individual AB seasons. This season in Detroit, Green has played in 48 games, in which he registered 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points. Analytically, he has a 16:6 penalty taken/drawn ratio, and a 10:2 giveaway/takeaway ratio in his time with Detroit this season but is a whopping -32 +/- wise on the year. Green is also playing about a minute less per game compared to his previous career ice time of 22 minutes a game. The 34-year old Mike Green will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
With a few hours remaining until the trade deadline, it will definitely be interesting to see what else GM Steve Yzerman will do to improve the Red Wings in an attempt to rebound from this disastrous season. Perhaps he could continue to sell off his veteran players to gain draft picks and prospects to pair with his potential top 3 pick in the most loaded draft class in recent memory. The Red Wings currently have nine selections in the upcoming NHL draft in Montreal, including two 2nd and 3rd rounders. Much more to come from Detroit, as Andreas Athanasiou’s name has emerged in recent trade rumors.