Edmonton Oilers defenceman Mike Green opts out of return to play

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Mike Green has exercised his right to opt out of the 2019-20 return to play.

NHL’er are eligible to opt out prior to the start of NHL training camps penalty free.

Green, 34, appeared in two games for the Oilers this season scoring no points. He was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings at the NHL trade deadline for Kyle Brodziak and a conditional fourth round pick.

In a statement, Green cited family reasons behind his decision to not play:

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“Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and after much consideration, I’ve decided for deeply personal family health reasons, not to participate in the return to play,” Green said in a statement.

“This has been a hard decision knowing I’m going to miss the opportunity to compete in the playoffs with a Stanley Cup contender. I wish the best of luck to the guys and I appreciate the Edmonton Oilers support.”

Green is the third NHL player to opt out behind Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic and Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschi.

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