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Good news for the Caps — Green’s recovery “right on schedule”

Feb 13, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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Mike Green skated for more than hour today, an encouraging sign for a struggling Washington club that’s been without its top defenseman for most of the season.

“He’s feeling better every day,” said Capitals coach Dale Hunter, as per “He’s right on schedule, but it takes time.”

Green had abdominal surgery on Jan. 17, a procedure that was expected to take four to six weeks of rehab.

The Caps (3-4-3 in their last 10) sit one point out a playoff spot and four back of the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers.

Washington hosts the Sharks tonight at the Verizon Center (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    3-6-3 in their last 10

    Doesnt 3+6+3 = more than 10?

    • Jason Brough - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Thanks. Fixed.

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    No prob, now that thats outta the way, go sharks!

  3. jpelle82 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    who will get bumped? orlov? he is playing pretty well. erskine is the obvious choice but then you sacrifice a big bodied, intimidating, tough guy for a sissy and equal defensive liability in green. green can score but he makes the highlight reel just as often by getting scored on

    • kantnockdahustle89 - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Hamrlik should but it will be the Erskine/Shultz combo who gets pulled. Caps need puck moving defense to score goals.


      • dcfan4life - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Hamrlik has been playing with Orlov a lot lately, i doubt that will change. Erskine will get the healthy scratches and Schultz should be traded. More like


        But you never know, Dale Hunter does like to mix it up. I mean he broke up Alzner/Carlson for whatever reason in the first place…

      • jpelle82 - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        i dont think they’ll split up carlson and alzner, theyve been together forever. i could see wideman and green again though

  4. govtminion - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    While I’m glad he’s coming along in his recovery, it feels like he gets back on the ice for a few games and then gets hurt again- he’s been off the ice more than on the past couple of years. I’m not exactly optimistic that he’ll make it through the rest of the season.

    …really, McPhee has Wideman now, so if he decided to put Green up on the trade block it isn’t the worst move. Injury problems would diminish his value, but it might be worth seeing what interest other teams have in him at least.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      still leaves the caps without a real puck moving defenseman. green is the offensive equivalent to guys like letang, campbell, streit, karlsson and these days every team needs a guy that can move the pp and accelerate the breakout. i wouldnt put wideman in that category even though i like his game.

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