Four Detroit Red Wings who could Help the Vancouver Canucks

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 06: Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks scores on a shot in the first period while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on November 06, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 06: Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks scores on a shot in the first period while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on November 06, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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A lot of things would need to go right with some moving parts for Mike Green to end up in Vancouver but they are in need of defensemen.  Mike Green is under contract for this year and next just above 5 million per.

Green would be an immediate upgrade to the defense corps in VanCity.  Vancouver has a bunch of bottom three defenders similar to the Detroit Red Wings.  Mike Green would enter the fold as a top two defender likely being paired with Ben Hutton.

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Erik Gudbranson is a former a top-five pick that has never even come close to living up to his full potential.  Michael Del Zotto and Chris Tanev are both decent defenders, but decent doesn’t really do much for anyone.

The pair that has the potential to be something in the future is the second pairing.  Derrick Pouliot and Troy Stecher are both 24-years-old.  It may benefit a young player like Quinn Hughes to play with a solid veteran defender like Mike Green.

Green has always had his challenges in his own zone.  I am in no way trying to say Mike Green is a franchise defender or anything at this point in his career but when you are comparing him to the likes of Del Zotto, I will take Greener all day long.

Hughes will likely be in a Canucks uniform next season and would really benefit from a pro’s pro to help him along.  Mike Green, of course, has a no-trade clause.  He will likely not be moved at all this season.  Next year his full no-trade is downgraded to a modified trade clause where he has a little bit of say as to where he goes.  Next season will become a greater chance for us to see a Mike Green deal.

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If the Canucks were at all interested in a depth defender who shoots right-handed, we could offer Nick Jensen reasonably cheap.  Well, I tried.  You can’t blame me for trying. Mike Green has 3 assists in his first five games of the season going into the game last night.