Oilers acquire Mike Green in trade with Red Wings

Feb 24 2020, 5:52 am

The Edmonton Oilers have bolstered their blue line with less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline.

Mike Green has been traded from the Detroit Red Wings to the Oilers in exchange for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick — either a fourth-rounder in 2020 or a third-round selection in 2021.

Green, 34, has 501 points in 878 career NHL games, but is having the worst offensive season of his career with just 11 points in 48 games for the last-place Red Wings. The Calgary native is a pending unrestricted free agent, in the last year of a contract that carries a $5.375 million cap hit.

As part of the deal, Detroit has reportedly agreed to pick up half of Green’s salary. Brodziak’s inclusion in the deal is purely for cap purposes, as he won’t play again due to a back injury.

The trade was announced during Edmonton’s 4-2 win over the Kings in Los Angeles. That win vaults the Oilers into second in the Pacific Division, three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, with two games in hand.

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