Edmonton Oilers defender Mike Green has told the team that he has chosen to return to the NHL’s play program.
Mike Green has informed Ken Holland, president and general manager of #Holder Operations, that he will be leaving the NHL’s 2020 Return to Play program. https://t.co/dV241FVuyz
– Edmonton Oilers (@AdmintonWales) July 11, 2020
“Because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 and after much deliberation, I have decided deeply because of my personal family health, not to return to the sport,” Green wrote in a statement. “It was difficult to make this decision because I lost the chance to play in the playoffs with a Stanley Cup competitor. I wish the boys all the best and I appreciate the Edmonton Oilers support. ”
Green’s decision comes after the NHL and NHLPA approved a new CBA and plans to return to play paved the way for the league’s summer resumption. Calgary Flames defender Travis Harmonic, Vancouver Canucks forward Soven Bartchi and Dallas Stars defender Roman Polak have also announced they will not be taking part in the league resumption.
Green is set to become an unlimited free agent after the 2019-20 campaign and has three goals and eight assists in 50 games with the Detroit Red Wings this season. The 33-year-old played two games with the Eulers before MCL’s injury before the season was interrupted by the COVID-1P epidemic.
Forward Kyle Broadziak and Edmonton acquired Green in the last days of the NHL trade in exchange for conditional draft picks, and conditional draft picks by 2020 or 2021. The pick will be in the fourth round in 2020, but will reach the third round in 2021 once it reaches Edmonton. Appeared in the conference finals and the green half-oller games this spring.
The Eulers will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the top five play-in series starting August 1 in Edmonton.