If you expect Green to prevent goals like Lids and Niedermayer then you should already be disappointed with this signing
It's hard, nay, damn near impossible to replace St. Nick - anyone who's watched half a dozen Wings' games should be able to attest to that fact. However, that in and of itself shouldn't make someone disappointed with the signing. Do you think Franson would provide a better back end presence to the team? Frankly I'm intrigued to see what Green can do on the blueline with DeKeyser, or on the power play with Kronwall. The Lidstroms and Niedermayers of the hockey world are few and far between, but this was a Norris-trophy caliber D-Man only a few seasons ago. At the stage of his career, with the arsenal of weapons bristling out of this team, is there any reasonable doubt whether he could get to 50-52 points on the year, landing him in the top 10 of last season's D-men? The purely defensive edge of things is harder to quantify, to be sure, but the Wings have been missing a powerplay QB and diversified outlet passing for the past few seasons.