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Mike Green’s groin is feeling better, “might not be 100 percent for a long time”

Dec 27, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

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Mike Green‘s bad groin is just about healed up and he could be back in action for the Capitals as soon as Friday.’s Chuck Gormley reports from Caps practice this morning that Green was taking regular turns on the power play and that Green says he “just needs to get his lungs and legs back” and he’ll be ready to go.

Groin injuries are a tricky beast to handle, however, and re-aggravating it can be easy to do, something that Green is all too aware of as he tells Gormley.

“I think I’m going to have to be cognizant of this through the rest of my career, probably,” Green says. “…I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent for a long time.”

Well that’s not encouraging for either Green or the Capitals.

As we’ve seen, the Caps are worse off without Green on the blue line to provide their power play with a true No. 1 guy to run things and their offense just doesn’t click as well without him. Green’s absence isn’t the only thing holding the Caps back, they’ve got other issues too, but without Green they’re not the same.

Besides, who else is there to ride a Vespa scooter to and from practice without him?

  1. rainyday56 - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Tom Larscheid: ” I just had a one on one in the dressing room with Sami Salo, and let me tell you, his groin never felt better … “

  2. bigbear42 - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    I never would have guessed that Green was this large a key to the success of the Caps. They clearly need an overhaul of their blueline, but keep Alzner and Carlson.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 27, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      It helps when you have a goalie who occasionally stops the puck. Should probably overhaul that general area too. And they could probably do to score a few more goals. Maybe go in search of a #1 scoring winger, too, since they don’t appear to have had one since 2009. When your leading scorer notches 32 goals and all but two of the rest fail to get over twenty… yeah, you need to go looking for an actual scoring forward to help shore things up. Of course, if Chimera, Laich and Backstrom keep scoring like they are, they might be able to do enough on their own. But still. Security, you know?

  3. acieu - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Sorry about Mike’s balls.

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