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Helene St. James, Free Press of Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed defender Mike Green.

The sides had talked to each other for weeks on an agreement before the free agency for a two-year contract with an annual salary limit of $ 5 million

The reaffirmation of Green, 32, appealed because he was the rare source of insult the back end of the team. He led all Wings defenders with 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 66 games in 2017-18, and was sometimes their best defender.

If the Wings look like they're missing out on the playoffs in the spring of 2019, look for Green to get a draft pick or a prospect. That was the plan last spring, but did not happen because Green was out with a neck injury. He was operated on in April

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The Wings now has six NHL regular defenders under contract in Green, Danny DeKyser, Niklas Kronwall, Trevor Daley, Jonathan Ericsson and Nick Jensen. The expectation is that a prospect will get a job outside of the training camp – Filip Hronek has the advantage of completing an outstanding first year of professional hockey (he has played a powerplay in Grand Rapids), but in 2016 Dennis Cholowski has a first chance Combinations of skating, skill and size. Libor Sulak, more defensive defender, and Joe Hicketts are also candidates.

The Wings will be active when the free agency opens on Sunday at 12 o'clock. They need a goaltender for starters (they talked to Jonathan Bernier, Carter Hutton and Robin Lehner). They also look ahead – there is a possibility that both Thomas Vanek and Valtteri Filppula can reappear with the wings. 34-year-old Vanek, appealing because he's a consistent 20-goal scorer with a high hockey IQ, appeals to Filppula, 34, because he's a solid two-way center that could act on Henrik Zetterberg's back.

Contact Helene St. James: hstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames.

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