The Edmonton Oilers announced on Saturday that former Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has opted out for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is now the third player to opt-out from the tournament after Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic and Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschi decided to do the same earlier this weekend.
“Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and after much consideration, I’ve decided for deeply personal family health reasons, not to participate in the return to play,” Green said in a statement.
“This has been a hard decision knowing I’m going to miss the opportunity to compete in the playoffs with a Stanley Cup contender. I wish the best of luck to the guys and I appreciate the Edmonton Oilers support.”
Green, 34, was held scoreless and posted a -2 rating in two games after the Oilers acquired him from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for center Kyle Brodziak and a conditional fourth-round pick at the NHL Trade Deadline. He suffered a knee injury just two games into his tenure with the Oilers and did not play after a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on February 26.
Green tallied three goals, 11 points, and a -32 rating in 48 games with the Red Wings prior to the trade.
Green was selected 29th overall by the Capitals in 2004 and has posted 150 goals, 501 points, and a -17 rating in 880 career games with the Capitals, Red Wings, and Oilers. He can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The Oilers are set to open their qualifying round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, August 1 in Edmonton. Training camps are set to open on Monday.
The deadline for players to opt out is at 5 PM ET that day.
By Harrison Brown