The Washington Capitals have tendered qualifying offers to restricted free agents, including D Mike Green. Green's one year tender is a $5 million qualifying offer.
The one year qualifier is not very surprising. No way the Caps were going to offer Green any long term commitment. Green has been riddled the past two seasons with injuries, injuries that have kept Green sidelined for extended periods of games. For Green himself, the qualifying offer will be attractive as he attempts this upcoming season to reestablish himself as one of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL.
In 2009-10, Green played in 75 of the 812 games and scored an impressive 19 goals and added 57 helpers for a total of 76 points. Out of the 19 tallies, Green recorded 10 power play goals, making him one of the most threatening defenseman on the power play in the NHL. Since that season, Green's games played have dwindled due to injury. The following season, Green played in 498 games and only recorded 8 goals and 16 assists. This past season was even worse, with Green appearing in just 35 games, less than half a full season. In those 35 games, Green recorded a mere 3 goals and 4 assists.
Signing the tender would be a smart move for Green as he will attempt to boost his value and get back to his game, in hopes of a healthy 2012-13 campaign.
John Carlson, Mathieu Perreault, and Jay Beagle also received restricted free agent qualifying offers.