NHL Rumors: Is New Jersey Devils’ Defenseman Andy Greene Trade Bait?
Rich Chere, the Devils’ reporter for the Star-Ledger, seems to think so. In an article for the newspaper earlier this week, Chere wrote at length about the possibility of the 30 year old being shopped around in order to obtain a player to help ease the team’s scoring woes.
The Michigan native has two goals and six assists in nineteen games for the Devils this season, but he has also been one of the most consistent and reliable defenseman on the ice even during the team’s recent slide.
Greene was signed as a free agent with the Devils in April of 2006 after playing college hockey at Miami University.
After six seasons on the blue line, Green’s ice time as well as his game has been steadily improving.
The combination of Greene and the young Swede Adam Larsson has stayed relatively untouched by Coach Pete DeBoer.
Greene has two years remaining on the four year, $12 million deal he signed on July 1st, 2011.
While trade rumors may have been a distraction in the early years, for Greene, those days have passed.
“That’s the business,” he said in an interview with the Star-Ledger. “I know any day you can be gone. I don’t have a no-trade, no-movement or any of those, so I know it can happen. I know Lou is going to do what ever is best for the team that he sees fit. If that’s it, that’s it. I can’t argue about that. It’s not something I put a lot of energy or focus into.”
Naturally, you have to give something to get something, but one would hope general manager Lou Lamoriello will leave the steady blueliner where he is.
The free agent signings of Anton Volchenkov and Henrik Tallinder haven’t brought about the results they were supposed to. Perhaps they should be shopped around instead.