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Caps’ Green going under the knife

Jan 16, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

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Capitals defenseman Mike Green will have abdominal surgery and is expected miss 4-6 weeks, reports

Green’s injury was once thought to be a groin issue, at least publicly, but now it appears the ailment is above his waist. He was placed on long-term injured reserve on Thursday which made Feb. 1 his earliest possible return date. But after having surgery Green could be out until mid-February or even later.

No word on what exactly the surgery is intended to fix. Green said earlier this season he didn’t think he’d be 100-percent healthy “for a long time” and that his injury was something he might “have to be cognizant of” the rest of his career.

  1. taytay099 - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM


  2. danphipps01 - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I’m beginning to wonder if he and Andrei Markov are just the same person using masks and switching accents from time to time. Lord knows they don’t have the worry of being seen on the ice at the same time, considering how often they actually play hockey.

  3. illbilliv - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Mike Green is the softest player in the history of hockey!! Good offensively for a D man but bad at D! He’s a soft forward playing D and I can’t wait until he is shipped outta DC!

    • bcjim - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      You are in the minority of Caps fans. Which I doubt you actually are.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        As a true Caps fan i blogged 2 years ago in the hopes the Caps traded Green. The return they would have gotten when he was scoring would have far outweighed his last 2 seasons production. Offensive numbers way down, but even with his defense shored up some, he still makes plenty of mistakes and has serious injury problems. Hard to trade him now and the Caps lost out. I do like Orlav though. He has looked pretty good in Greens absence.

  4. yettyskills - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    In week 2 of the season I trade Phaneuf for Green, he had that 2 goal 2 assist game vs the Red Wings, and look at me now.

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