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The Mike Green Question

Last Tuesday, Capitals fans everywhere were delighted with the return of Mike Green, after missing 23 consecutive games with a groin injury.  An injury that, supposedly, might never fully heal.  Midway through Green second game back (@SJ 1/7/12), Hunter shut him down again.  Hunter said it was because of tightness, and not a hit he took, but it does little to dispel my worries.  Green did not practice with the team on Sunday.

It might only be January, but it is worth reminding that Green is currently in the last year of his deal.  A deal that sees him make 5.25 million.  Given some of the current contracts, that number was expected to increase dramatically.  Since 2008, when Green signed his current deal, we have seen many comparable blueliners sign contracts worth North of 7 million annually.  Most recently, Buffalo gave Christian Ehrhoff a deal that gave him 10 mil for the first season.  Most fans would have been more than happy to give Green this raise.  He is one of the most popular players on this team, and most would probably be in favor of unloading Alex Semin, if it meant that Green would stay.

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Green’s Return

With last night’s 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, the Washington Capitals remained perfect, with Mike Green that is.  Despite the fact that the Capitals currently sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, they are actually now 9-0 when Mike Green is in the line-up.  Last night marked his first game since taking a hit from Devils’ forward Ryan Carter on November 11, 2011. 

We learned last week that Green’s injury might never fully heal.  As such, it became important for his reinsertion into the line-up be as gradual as possible.  Hunter decided to ease the process by choosing to scratch Matthieu Perreault (Semin also scratched for injury) and dress 7 defensemen.  It definitely made for some odd line combinations at time, including a shift that put Ovechkin and Hendricks on the ice together.  Green spent the majority of his ice time (15:43) skating with rookie Dmitri Orlov.  With Orlov regularly joining the rush, Green was able to play a bit more passively, lowering injury risk.  He did see a little bit of PP time, but was kept out of penalty killing situations.

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