Caps ink D Green to 3-year extension

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year contract extension on Monday.

Green's new deal is worth $18.25 million, a lot of money for a player coming off two injury-plagued seasons, during which he registered 11 goals and 31 points in 81 games. But when healthy, Green has proven himself to be one of the top offensive-minded blueliners in the league, with a pair of 70-plus point campaigns (2008-10).

"Mike is one of the best young defensemen in the National Hockey League and is just entering his prime. He will continue to be a key part of our team moving forward," said Capitals general manager George McPhee.

The 26-year-old Green has registered 82 goals and 169 assists in 398 career games, all with the Capitals. He has added seven goals and 29 points in 50 postseason contests.