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Mike Green skated Thursday for the third time since his surgery January 17 and hopes to return within the next few weeks.
Mike Green's abdominal injury will sideline him for 4-6 weeks, and Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee indicated Monday that there is more to the injury. That's a point of view echoed by CSN Washington Capitals analyst Alan Man when asked about the injury on Monday.
"It's one of those things where there's no exact science about it," May said. "People don't realize that when people have groin or abdominal issues, they may say they're at 90 percent, but they're really operating at about 50 percent. It's just such a tough muscle. Skating is an unnatural movement, and having an injury right there makes such an unnatural movement even more difficult."
May also seemed to indicate the recovery time would be closer to six weeks than four, which would put Green out until the end of February. Here's the video.
"It's basically a sports hernia," McPhee said Tuesday after the team's morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. "But there were a couple parts to it. One was a tendon issue and one was a tear in the stomach. The tendon [felt] just fine, but the hole didn't close up, so we just need to close that thing up."
Green has been hampered by numerous injuries over the past two seasons, which have limited him to exactly half of the Caps' combined regular season and playoff games (67 of 134). This season, Green suffered a twisted right ankle October 22 and a strained right groin muscle in his return from the ankle injury November 11. Green missed 23 games before returning January 3, but left during Washington's subsequent game January 7 and has not played since.
When asked why the team waited until now to consider surgery for Green, McPhee said that the doctor performing the surgery, Dr. Michael Brunt, "didn't think it was necessary at the time."
"You always want to take the conservative approach. You never want to open anybody up to surgery if it's not necessary, so you always take the conservative approach and we did. Parts of it went really well and one part didn't go so well, so we need to repair the one area."
"We'll now eliminate the unknown, McPhee continued. "Sometimes, when you take the conservative approach, it takes a while and you don't really know when the player's going to be ready. With this procedure, we know when the player should be ready."
McPhee said that Green should be available in four to six weeks.
According to McPhee, the doctor will insert some meshing into Green's stomach to make the stomach lining stronger in a procedure that has been done "a lot in the last 10 or 15 years," including to former Caps Jamie Heward, Ben Clymer and Chris Clark, who Dr. Brunt all operated on, as well as assistant coach Dean Evason.
Green's surgery will take place in St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will undergo abdominal surgery and will miss four to six weeks, according to WashingtonCaps.com senior writer Mike Vogel. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Green's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
Green has missed all but 10 of Washington's 43 games this season with a myriad of injuries. Green twisted his right ankle October 22 against the Detroit Red Wings and did not return until November 11 against the New Jersey Devils. Yet, Green lasted only eight shifts before straining his right groin muscle, an injury that cost him 23 consecutive games.
Green made his second return from injury January 3 against the Calgary Flames, but left during the second period of the Caps' subsequent game January 7 against the San Jose Sharks with what head coach Dale Hunter called "tightness in his groin."
The Caps placed Green on long-term injured reserve January 12, which removed his $5.25 million salary cap hit. Green was eligible to return to the lineup February 1, but with the news of his surgery, he will be out for much longer.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, which was also injury-plagued for Green as he dealt with head injuries, Green has played in a total of exactly half of the Caps' combined regular season and playoff games (67 of 134).
The Washington Capitals have placed defensemen Mike Green on long-term injury reserve, according to a team spokesman. Green will be eligible to come back and play as early as February 1, which is eight games from now. During that time, the Capitals will be allowed to exceed the salary cap, so long as they get back under after Green returns. Green has a $5.25 million cap hit.
The team has recalled forward Cody Eakin from AHL Hershey to replace Green on the roster.
Green has been bothered by lingering knee, foot and head injuries all season, only playing in 10 games this year. He returned on January 3 against the Calgary Flames, but suffered another injury on January 7 against the San Jose Sharks and has not played since.
The Capitals have missed him desperately this year. The team has won all eight games in which Green has played more than 10 minutes.
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"Finally," a relieved Green said. "It's been frustrating sitting out and obviously a couple months ago, coming back and then first game back, back in the press box. I'm just happy to be back, focused, preparing to do the right things tonight. That's all that's on my mind right now."
Green missed 23 consecutive games with a strained right groin muscle that he suffered November 11 against the New Jersey Devils. Coincidentally, that game was his first game back from a six-game layoff while he recovered from a twisted right ankle in a October 22 game against the Detroit Red Wings. Green has missed all but eight games this season.
Considering it has been almost two months since Green saw game action, he plans to take things easy Tuesday and slowly work his way back into game shape. Green said that he and the coaches have a rough idea of how many minutes he will play in his return.
"I think you've gotta ease yourself in," he said. "I don't think I'm going to be jumping up and all over the ice. I think that it's important for me to get my game back. it's better that I try to do that slowly rather than quickly. I don't intend on being up and down the ice tonight. Anytime you come back from an injury, especially this long, it's about being simple, I think that's going to be the most important thing tonight."
Tuesday's game will be Green's first game under Dale Hunter, who took over November 28, but Green has been learning the nuances of Hunter's system during his recovery.
"It's gonna be different, but I gotta start somewhere. I've been going over game tape with the coaches. I had a couple practices now where I could try to mold into the way they play, but it's going to be a learning experience for me. I hope nobody else expects me to be able to pick it up just like that. If I do, that's a bonus."
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"I'll skate tomorrow again, see how I feel," Green said. "You never know, maybe I could play [this weekend], but it looks like next week."
Green has been out of action since November 11 with a strained right groin muscle. While also suffering from a twisted right ankle earlier this season, Green has missed all but eight games.
Both Green and head coach Dale Hunter said that they are being cautious with the former's injury, though Green is having a hard time watching.
"It's been frustrating watching hockey," he said. "It's boring."
"I think we want to play this safe," Green continued. "Obviously I've been out for a long time and want to get back, but I want to make sure I'm ready to play. No need to put myself in a dangerous situation if I'm not ready."
When Green is ready to return, however, Hunter is also ready to finally see Green work.
"He's a great player and he's going to add offense to our team," Hunter said. "He can play a lot of minutes. Definitely any coach would be pretty excited to get him back. But we've got to be smart. We cant get him hurt again."
Mike Green fully practiced Tuesday for the first time since injuring his groin last month, but there is no timetable on his return to action.
Mike Green has been suffering from a groin injury, but general manager George McPhee said Wednesday that the injury has taken longer to heal than expected.
Mike Green has left to see a specialist, but will apparently join the team on their two-game road trip later this week, according to Dale Hunter.
Mike Green has been skating recently, but has no timetable for a return back into the Caps' lineup.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not join the team on their current road trip as he continues to suffer from a strained right groin muscle, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera.
After missing three weeks with a right ankle injury, Green returned Friday against the New Jersey Devils, but injured himself again after taking a hit from the Devils' Ryan Carter. Green has not played or skated since.
When asked if Green would join the Caps on their current three-game road trip, head coach Bruce Boudreau was blunt.
"I really doubt it," he said to reporters.
According to Carrera, Green has been taking part in off-ice workouts back at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. The Caps are undefeated with Green in the lineup this season and his presence is definitely missed when he's not playing. Green only played in 49 games last season while suffering from head injuries.
Without Green, the Caps are traveling with six defensemen.
We noted earlier Monday that Mike Green would not be making the Washington Capitals’ upcoming road trip after missing Monday’s practice with an unspecified injury suffered during Washington’s game last Friday night. Head coach Bruce Brudreau said he had hoped Green would be available later in the road trip for games against Winnipeg and or Toronto, but that it made sense for him to stay back in D.C. and tend to his injury for now:
“He’s not making the trip,” Boudreau said. “He’s day-to-day. We’re hoping that he joins us on the trip, but right now, he’s going to stay here and get treatments. It happened Friday. I’m hoping he’s back within the week playing.”
According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Green injured his groin in Friday night’s game against the Devils. Green was recovering from an ankle injury that had shelved him for multiple weeks in October. The good news is his ankle appears to be healed; the bad news is he reportedly will have a tender groin to deal with right after making his return to the ice.
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It appears as though Mike Green's time on the shelf is nearing its end. According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, citing a source, Green will return to the Washington Capitals' lineup Friday evening when Washington hosts the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center.
Since Green injured his right ankle against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 22, the Capitals have lost four of their six games, dipping to 9-4-0 after a 7-0 start.
Despite the injury, the seven-year veteran took part in the most grueling practice of Washington's young season Wednesday, fueling speculation that he was nearly ready to return. Though coach Bruce Boudreau declined to rule Green officially in or out for the Capitals' back-to-back, home-and-home set with New Jersey, the source Carrera cites appears to have done that work for him.
In 159 minutes of ice time through seven games, Green has three goals and three assists.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green took part in a grueling practice Wednesday, reports Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, one day after Washington dropped to the Dallas Stars, 5-2, in a listless performance. An ankle injury suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 22 has ruled Green out of Washington's past six games, of which the Capitals have lost four.
Coach Bruce Boudreau put his team through the paces Wednesday with battle drills and bag skates, and called Green's performance "a real positive."
Washington takes on the New Jersey Devils in a home-and-home set this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, and Green could return. Boudreau did not rule Green in or out for those games, but is nontheless "optimistic" that Green could play, says Carrera. Following the contests against New Jersey, Washington embarks on a five-night road trip with visits to the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
In seven games this season, Green has three goals and three assists with a plus-minus ratio of plus-two.
Mike Green fully practiced Monday, but he still considers himself "day-to-day" and his status for Tuesday's game with the Dallas Stars is uncertain.
A lingering ankle injury has ruled Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green out for the Caps' game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night and most likely for their tilt versus the New York Islanders on Saturday night, reports Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.
In their last three games, each without Green, the Capitals struggled defensively, yielding 13 goals. Whyno has more on where they miss Green most:
In the past three games, the power play has gone 1-for-11 (9.1 percent), defensive miscues have led to a couple of bad even-strength goals and the penalty kill has struggled without Green’s under-the-radar talents there.
In 159 minutes of ice time this season, Green has three goals and three assists. Now in his seventh season, Green earned his first All-Star appearance in 2011 and finished the 2008/09 and 2009/10 campaigns as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, which honors the league's best all-around defenseman.
BALLSTON, Va. - Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green attempted to practice once again Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but after skating before and during practice for about 35 minutes, he left for the locker room. With Green not fully practicing since injuring his right ankle almost two weeks ago, head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Green is out Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
"Well, Green for sure," Boudreau said. "It's pretty difficult in this league to just step off the injury block. Even though both the guys are in tremendous shape, it's quite a difference from working out in the gym than working out on the ice."
Troy Brouwer also did not practice Thursday and hasn't since Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. Brouwer apparently injured his right shoulder - the same shoulder he had surgery on this summer - late in the third period and he did not return to the game. Brouwer's status for Friday seems doubtful, but Boudreau said he would make that decision tomorrow.
"Brouwer, he's only had two days off," Boudreau said. "It's like not having nine or 10 days off, so we'll see how he goes in the morning skate."
Boudreau, hwoever, did admit that both players will travel with the team on its two-game road trip to Carolina and New York.
In spite of this, Capitals general manager George McPhee says he doesn't believe the injury will be a lingering problem. Green's ankle injury is serious enough that he has been trying -- and failing -- to wear his right skate over the past couple of days. Still, McPhee gave every indication that Green should be back soon.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau was able to provide a bit more of a timeline for the injury, saying that he hoped to get Green back in the lineup by next weekend.
The good news for the Caps is that they're continuing to roll along just fine in the interim without Green. It's still very early in the season, after all, and Washington has been on a run where they're making just about everything look easy.
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Washington Capitals defensemen Mike Green made an effort to get back into the lineup after suffering an ankle injury against the Detroit Red Wings, but it looks like his return will have to wait. Green did not practice one day before Washington's next game against the Edmonton Oilers, and coach Bruce Boudreau indicated that he probably won't play on Thursday.
Boudreau said it's "not looking good" for Mike Green to play tomorrow vs. Oilers.
Green suffered the injury when he was struck with a puck when the Red Wings were trying to enter the offensive zone. His head is OK, but his ankle was not. He traveled with the team to Alberta, but with him not practicing, it looks like he won't return until Saturday's game at Vancouver at the earliest.
Mike Green will travel with the Caps on their two-game road trip to Western Canada, which begins Thursday in Edmonton. Michal Neuvirth will also travel with the team and could start Thursday.
Mike Green suffered an ankle injury in the Capitals' 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, his agent said.
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