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In this Jan. 1, 2009 file photo, Washington Capitals' Mike Green reacts after scoring a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington. (The Canadian Press)

In this Jan. 1, 2009 file photo, Washington Capitals' Mike Green reacts after scoring a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington.

(The Canadian Press)

Capitals sign Mike Green to 3-year extension Add to ...

The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenceman Mike Green to a three-year, $18.25-million contract extension, the club announced Monday.

Green will earn $6-million in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and $6.25-million in 2014-15.

“We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract,” Capitals general manager and vice-president George McPhee said in a statement. “Mike is one of the best young defencemen in the National Hockey League and is just entering his prime. He will continue to be a key part of our team moving forward.”

The 26-year-old Calgary native has seen his production drop over two injury-plagued seasons in which he has played just 81 games. He played just 32 games last season due to a groin injury and had three goals and four assists.

The Capitals are gambling Green can get healthy and return to his previous form, which saw him break the 70-point plateau in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He has reached double digits in goals three times, including a 31-goal season in 2008-09.

Green has collected 251 points (82 goals, 169 assists) and a plus-62 rating in 398 career NHL games, all with Washington.

Green was originally drafted by Washington in the first round (29th overall) of the 2004 NHL draft.

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