I haven't heard good things about Green from any Caps fans, or anyone other than Wings fans, for years.
Then you're not talking to very many people.
"Yeah but I went to a Caps board and everyone was glad to be rid of him!"
OK. I can play the some-random-anonymous-person-on-the-internet-said-something game.
Down in the comments section, dcsportsfan85 says:
The Capitals are severely going to miss Mike Green and I think he's going to absolutely THRIVE in Detroit. This is a huge loss for the organization especially since we've lost another young gun for nothing in return.
As much as I like Brooks Orpik and what he brought to this team I'd still rather swamp him for Green any day of the week. I would have been ecstatic if the Caps top 4 had been Carlson-Green & Alzner-Niskanen last season.
I've watched Green. (I pay special attention to the players I'd like to see the Wings target.) I've gone over his stats, both basic and "fancy." I've looked at him through the lens of all manner of metrics. I've watched our team struggle to move the puck, struggle to establish a precision transition game, struggle to score at even strength, struggle to get pucks on net from the point, struggle to squeeze point production out of a scoring-challenged D corps. All things considered, Mike Green at $6M x 3 is, to me, a great move - and I say that as someone who tends to be very cynical and pessimistic about Ken Holland's decision making.
Is there some inherent risk? Sure. But I'm not expecting him to set the world on fire and win the Norris and Hart. I'm hoping for a good second-pairing defenseman who can give us 10 goals and 40 points and help us spend more time with the puck and, by extension, on the attack. We have more than enough left-shooting "defensive defensemen." Adding a high-end right-shooting scoring defenseman for nothing but money? I'm totally down with that.