Toronto Maple Leafs: Mike Green reportedly blocked trade to Toronto

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 01: Mike Green
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 01: Mike Green /

According to a report from TSN, two-time All-Star defenceman Mike Green refused to waive his no-trade clause and facilitate a move to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As the clock ticked towards the 3:00 pm ET trade deadline, there was an intriguing development involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or more accurately, an intriguing non-development.

According to TSN technical producer Jeremy CollinsMike Green apparently refused to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a move to Toronto. Unfortunately, there are no further details at the time of posting this article.

Interestingly enough, the Sportsnet hockey panel had discussed Green earlier in the day. The thinking was the defenceman would have made a logical trade target for the Leafs:

"“For the Leafs he makes a perfect fit,” said Nick Kypreos. “They have some power in terms of being a threat with (Morgan) Rielly and (Jake) Gardiner, but they don’t have the ability to sit in the rocking chair from the point. I think Mike Green would be that type of guy.”"

For most of this season, a lot of talk has been about how the Leafs’ biggest weakness is their blue line. Green would have helped in this respect, although how much is open to perception.

The 2004 first round draft pick remains a prolific point-scorer and his leadership would have been invaluable for the team. He has 29 points so far this season and was voted to his second All-Star Game.

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On the flip side, Green — understandably — isn’t quite the same player he used to be. He has continually faced questions about his durability and penchant for untimely errors.

We appreciate there are differing thoughts on how effective Corsi and Fenwick are, for evaluating a player’s impact. For what it’s worth though, the 32-year-old is on course for the worst and second-worst season of his career, in these respective categories.

Without knowing what the Leafs were provisionally prepared to give up for Green, it’s tough to know if he hindered or actually helped them. He was set to become a free agent after this season, meaning they might have given away valuable assets in return for effectively just a few months of service.

Ultimately though, it doesn’t really matter what the Calgary, Alberta native would have brought to the Leafs. He had no interest in moving to Toronto — assuming the report is true — so it’s time to move on.

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What’s your reaction to Green reportedly blocking a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Would you have wanted to see him on the team, or are you not particularly concerned? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.