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Green on benching: ‘Nothing was working for me’

Oct 24, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

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When Washington Capitals forward Mike Green was benched against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, it raised more than a few eyebrows. After all, Green is one of their top blue liners and it was a close game that eventually went to a shootout.

Green wants everyone to know there was a good reason for him being sat down as Katie Carrera of The Washington Post shares.

“I honestly had a bad day, nothing was working for me. I wasn’t even upset. I just had nothing,” Green said in Edmonton a day later. “My legs wouldn’t go, my hands, my vision, everything was off, the puck was bobbling. It was just one of those nights, and I didn’t feel that anything I was going to do was going to be beneficial.”

That’s a brutally honest self-assessment and almost refreshing to see a player own up to their poor play. Caps coach Adam Oates said he expects Green to be his normal self when they take on the Oilers on Thursday night.

The team will need Green to get back to normal, however, if they’re going to improve upon their 4-5-0 record.

  1. watermelon1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Back to normal! Actually, they’re going to need him to learn how to play defense for the first time in his career. Stop getting lost behind his own goal. Stop letting easy passes go past your stock at the offensive blue line.

    • biasedhomer - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      First sentence in this article:

      What position does he play?

  2. dropthepuckeh - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Nice to see a little humility from a usually douchey player. Letting go of the ego is the first step. Kudos.

    • dipthatchip - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      next step- playing accountable defense

      • dropthepuckeh - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Less likely but good to have lofty goals….

    • bruinspaw - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Totally agree and it’s also quite refreshing for a coach to not cuss his players out in the media.

  3. crazemastercraze - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    The nhl’s most inconsistent player

  4. joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    This team is adrift. The more they wait to hit the reset button the further away they get from becoming a contender.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      it’s real easy to say “hit the reset button” without giving any specifics of how they would do such a thing. who would you get rid of? GMGM? OV? Green? Oates? all of them? what are you saying?

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        You’re right! What they need is a very strong and proven hockey man to run the hockey operations. First names that comes to mind is Scotty or Stan Bowman. Next fire GMGM, and replace him with an up and coming GM which Scotty or Stan can take under his wing, or maybe just give the job Stan Bowman. Move OV before his value goes down. They clearly won’t win the SC with this him. When it come to winning the cup the Caps have missed the window of opportunity to build around OV. If your organization is dysfunctional at the top it the same at the bottom.

  5. withseidelinn - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Well, I would imagine that he was benched in the closing minutes of a tight game because he is a defensive liability. Not really anything new here…

  6. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    He plays lazy hockey. I don’t know how Caps fans can stand this guy.

  7. bigbenh8tr - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Ovi is only 28. The window is wide open.

  8. obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Lol at “Get rid of Ovi”. Are you kidding? Him, Backstrom, Carlson, Alzner, Holtby and Brower are the only ones worth keeping, with special mention to Tom Wilson(He’s a beast, but needs some coaching) and Brooks, simply for his leadership in the locker room.

    • cdalton2690 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I agree with you on all the players mentioned except Carlson. He isn’t as much of a liability as Green is but still not a good defenseman. Caps need more defenseman like Alzner who actually play D as opposed to the offensive minded ones. The caps need there own version of Ryan Mcdonagh who will just annoy the hell out of you night after night.

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Carlson got my nod for his shot blocking ability. I agree with you about needing guys like Alzner, though.

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