The Detroit Red Wings are close to signing defender Mike Green ahead of the free agency's launch on Sunday at 12 noon for two years.
The contract is expected to include a salary cap of $ 5.375 million. Green, who turns 33 on October 12, earned $ 6 million last season.
The Red Wings rate Green for his offensive ability and his right-hander.
Green scored eight goals and 25 assists in an average of 66 games in Ice Age for the second year in a row. His season ended on March 22, when the team announced that he needed a neck surgery (herniated disc), which he went through in April. He is expected to be ready for the start of the training camp.
The injury he sustained earlier in the season and worsened before the close of trading prevented him from being dealt. Green had agreed to relinquish his no-trade clause to go to Tampa Bay or Washington.
The Red Wings are expected to sign goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier on Sunday for a three-year deal, likely worth around $ 3 million a season. They also talked to the agents Thomas Vanek and Valtteri Filppula.