Since the Washington Capitals were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in May, most of the trade buzz surrounding the team has been regarding enigmatic Russian sniper Alexander Semin.
However, the franchise has another big decision to make with regards to a key player before the summer of 2012, as Mike Green will be up for restricted free agency on July 1st.
Green, a two-time first-team All-Star, is widely considered one of the best offensive defensemen in the game, but his play has been wildly inconsistent since not being named to Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics, especially during the Postseason.
Once considered the team's franchise defenseman, Green finished the 2011 NHL campaign playing on the Capitals' second defensive pairing, so it's unclear what the team will choose to do with the 25-year-old.
With the team locked into a number of long-term contracts as things stand today, here are five reasons why the Capitals should deal Mike Green before his contract expires in 2012.