By Scooby Axson
July 16, 2012

Defenseman Mike Green signed a three-year extension worth $18.25 million with the Washington Capitals. (Paul Bereswill/NHL/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals signed restricted free agent defenseman Mike Green to a three-year extension Monday that will pay him up to $18.25 million, the team announced.

"We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract," general manager George McPhee said. "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."

Green will make $6 million in the first two seasons of the deal and then $6.25 million in the final season of the contract.

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