No. 3: Andy Greene
With over 1000 regular season games and 90 playoff games, Greene is a wise defenseman that could really help the Toronto Maple Leafs in crunch-time.
With so much experience, Greene has played with a ton of players over the years and it feels like every interview speaks highly of him. Here’s a quote from his former teammate Cory Schneider, in light of his 1000th game:
"“Andy’s been one of the most underrated and underappreciated defensemen in the league. Especially when we were in New Jersey together. Always smart, always knows where to be. Reads the game so well, he thinks the game like a goalie. He’s a step ahead, anticipates and then he’s got great instincts in terms of stick and positioning and just able to get a piece of pucks or deny a pass or a play. That’s the type of game that translates well into your older age, to put it kindly with him, so he’s relied on a lot of those traits that made him a good defender for a long time and still make him effective today. I always feel comfortable with Andy on the ice., said, Cory Schneider (via: Sasha Kandrach, newyorkislanders.com)"
Greene is definitely underrated, as Schneider alludes to.
If you were to poll 100 hockey fans, I bet you (at the most) only a dozen of them would remember that Greene was the captain of the New Jersey Devils from 2015-2020.
The left-shot defenseman would be best suited in the team’s bottom-pair, but similar to Chara, he’d be someone the team could rely on in big moments. As a cool, calm and collective defenseman, Greene is someone Toronto should look to trade for to add depth to their defensive-group.