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Report: Green rejects Caps' qualifying offer

Sunday, 07.15.2012 / 7:07 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

CSNWashington.com is reporting defenseman Mike Green has rejected the Washington Capitals' one-year, $5 million qualifying offer, but is expected to continue negotiating with the team. Green had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to either accept or reject the offer.

By rejecting the offer Green becomes a restricted free agent.

Green, 26, had three goals and four assists in just 32 regular-season games due to a nagging groin injury. He had two goals and two assists in 14 playoff games.

He's been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, playing a total of just 81 games.

Capitals GM George McPhee said Saturday that the qualifying offer deadlines didn't faze him, and believes he will be able to negotiate new deals for Green and fellow restricted free-agent defenseman John Carlson.

"I think we've had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there," McPhee told CSNWashington.com. "I think that's something we'll get done sooner than later and they will be deals we can live with and they can live with."

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game