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Capitals Sign Defenseman Mike Green to Four-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Mike Green to a four-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Green, 22, led all NHL defensemen with 18 goals in 2007-08, his second full season in the league, becoming the youngest player to lead all defensemen in goals since Hall of Famer Paul Coffey in 1981-82. One of four Capitals to play in every game, Green led the team in ice time (23:38 per game) and finished first among Capitals defensemen, third on the team and seventh among NHL defensemen with 56 points. He also finished seventh in voting for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman.

“Mike has developed into an impact defenseman in the short time since we drafted him, and he will be a key part of our team moving forward,” McPhee said. “We look forward to his further contributions as we continue to improve the hockey club.”

Green’s 18 goals included eight power-play goals (tied for third on the team), four game-winning goals (tied for second on the team) and three overtime goals (tied for the NHL lead and the Capitals’ single-season record for OT goals). Left wing Alex Ovechkin and Green – who were both chosen in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft – became the first teammates to lead the NHL in goals and goals by a defenseman, respectively, since Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey in 1988-89.

A 6’2”, 201-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, Green excelled under head coach Bruce Boudreau, recording 15 goals and 49 points in 61 games after Boudreau was hired Nov. 22. The Capitals were 11-4-0 when Green scored a goal and 28-7-2 when he recorded a point.

Green had three multiple-goal games and 14 multiple-point games on the season, recording the most goals and points by a Capitals defenseman since 2002-03. He had one goal, eight assists and a +10 rating as Washington won its last seven games to secure the Southeast Division title, including a career-best five-game point-scoring streak to close out the regular season.

Green recorded three goals and seven points in seven playoff games as he made his first Stanley Cup playoff appearance. He shared the league lead in goals and points by a defenseman in the first round and ranked fifth among all skaters in ice time per game (26:58).

Green split the 2005-06 and ’06-07 seasons between Washington and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he also played for Boudreau. Green helped lead those Bears teams to back-to-back appearances in the Calder Cup finals, posting 18 points in 21 playoff games as Hershey won the 2006 Calder Cup. Green was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2005-06.
 
Mike Green
Position: Defense
Born: October 12, 1985 (Calgary, Alberta)
Height: 6’2”    Weight: 201        Shoots: Right
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, 29th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft

                Regular Season                                 Playoffs
Year    Team    League    GP    G    A    Pts    PIM    +/-    PP    SH    GW    S    GP    G    A    Pts    PIM
2000-01    Calgary    WHL    36    4    23    27    34    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
    Saskatoon    WHL    7    0    2    2    0    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2001-02    Saskatoon    WHL    62    3    20    23    57    -    -    -    -    -    7    0    1    1    2
2002-03    Saskatoon    WHL    72    6    36    42    70    -    -    -    -    -    6    0    2    2    6
2003-04    Saskatoon    WHL    59    14    25    39    92    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
2004-05    Saskatoon    WHL    67    14    52    66    105    -    -    -    -    -    4    0    0    0    6
2005-06    CAPITALS    NHL    22    1    2    3    18    -8    0    0    0    13    -    -    -    -    -
    Hershey    AHL    56    9    34    43    79    -    -    -    -    -    21    3    15    18    30
2006-07    CAPITALS    NHL    70    2    10    12    36    -10    0    0    0    68    -    -    -    -    -
    Hershey    AHL    12    3    5    8    26    -    -    -    -    -    19    7    9    16    38
2007-08    CAPITALS    NHL    82    18    38    56    62    6    8    0    4    234    7    3    4    7    15
CAPITALS/NHL TOTALS        174    21    50    71    116    -12    8    0    4    315    7    3    4    7    15

WHL East First All-Star Team (2005) • AHL All-Rookie Team (2006)

 
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