Mike Green is sticking around in Washington, as the defenseman re-signed with the Capitals for three years and $18.25 million, according to the team. The cap-hit is $6.08 million.

The 26-year-old has had trouble staying healthy, playing just 81 games the past two seasons. When healthy, though, he's one of the best offensive defensman in the NHL. From 2008-10, Green had 149 points in 143 games and earned back-to-back Norris Trophy nominations.

"We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract," said Capitals GM George McPhee to the team's Web site. "Mike is one of the best young defenseman in the National Hockey League and is just entering his prime. He will continue to be a key part of our team moving forward."

According to Pro Hockey Talk, the new deal makes Green the 11th-highest paid blueliner in the NHL. That list includes Ryan Suter, Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson and yes, Wade Redden.

I'm not a huge fan of Green's, especially when he isn't healthy. I think he's a defensive liability and just isn't a tough player to play against in his own end. With that said, when he's healthy, he sure can score goals.

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