Capped: Reviewing Last Year’s Free Agent Disappointments

Chris Pudsey

2016-05-05

This week's Capped discusses some free agent signings from last year that did not work out. 

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In the previous Capped, I reviewed some of the better unrestricted free agent signings from the summer of 2015. In this week’s Capped, we flip the script, and take a look at a few that simply didn’t work out, for whatever reason. 

In no particular order, here are some of the disappointing players coming off signing their new contracts last summer.

Mike Green – Detroit Red Wings

Contract:  Three years, $18 million ($6.0 million AAV)

GP

G

A

Pts

PPP

+/-

SOG

PIMs

Hits

Blks

74

7

28

35

20

-6

124

38

106

71

The Red Wings were desperately trying to find an offensive right-handed shot from the point last off-season, and thought they had shored up that spot when they signed 30-year-old Mike Green to a three-year contract. 

For whatever reason, and it can’t completely be laid at the feet of Mike Green, the Red Wings struggled to score this year, especially on the power play. Green was brought in to help the offense and to move the puck, and he didn’t do either overly well. The Wings power play went from leading the league a year ago with 70 power-play goals to only scoring 50 goals this year. The power play last season clicked 24% of the time while this season, it only converted 19% of the time. If I recall correctly, the Wings were not even deploying Green on the power play for a while during the regular season.

On a personal level for Green, comparing this year to last year whe