As the offseason begins, we'll take a player-by-player look at the year that was for the Washington Capitals.
Ht: 6-1 / Wt: 204
NHL seasons: 5
2010-11 Regular season stats: 49 GP, 8g, 16a, plus-6, 48 pims.
Playoff stats: 8 GP, 1g, 5a, even, 8 pims.
Contract status: $5.25 million in 2010-11, $5.25 million in 2011-12.
The year that was: Mike Green played the fewest games in a single season since he came up to the NHL full time in 2006-07 this past year because of injuries. Whether it was his shoulder or knee in the beginning of the year, the pair of concussions that caused him to miss 26 of the final 28 games in the regular season or the hip flexor that forced him to miss Game 4 against Tampa Bay, Green's year was muddled by ailments of all types.
Even without the injuries, it was clear this wouldn't have been the year spectators had come to expect from Green. The two-time Norris Trophy finalist entered the campaign looking to focus on his own defensive game, and he wasn't putting up points by the bushel baskets even before the Capitals switched their system. Of defensemen who played more than 20 games with Washington this season, Green was on the ice for 2.11 goals per 60 minutes at even strength, behind only Karl Alzner (1.90) and John Carlson (1.93).
Still, Green's absences hurt the Capitals. Without him in the lineup, Washington was without its best puck-moving defenseman and regular power-play quarterback, a void that put more pressure on Carlson – a situation that wasn't balanced out again until Dennis Wideman was acquired at the trade deadline following Green's second concussion.
Reviewing the Capitals' 2010-11 season: Mike Green
Washington Post | May 21