Washington Capital’s defenseman, Mike Green, will miss the next four to six weeks with an abdominal injury that requires surgery. The surgery is scheduled for January 17th. This follows being placed on the long-term injured reserve next week which frees up cap space until his return.
Green has battled injuries all season. Two concussions and multiple groin injuries have limited him to only being able to play in ten games this season. In those ten games, Green has recorded three goals and six points.
The Capitals have gotten use to life without Green over the past two seasons as both have been struck by multiple injury bugs. When in the lineup, Green provides excellent defensive play and the ability to produce points. This has resulted in two Norris Trophy nominations as the league’s top defenseman. The Capitals are fighting for their fifth consecutive Southeast Division championship, which they’re currently tied for the division lead with the Florida Panthers. Hopefully Green can make a full recovery and help the Capitals during the last quarter of the season and lead them deep into the playoffs, which they haven’t been able to do.
Green is a restricted free agent at the end of this season. All these injuries aren’t helping his bid to cash in for a higher paycheck this summer. If he can return to his Norris nominated form, look for Green to burn a small hole in the Capitals wallet. They’ll pay whatever it takes to have the still young and talented defenseman in their lineup for many years to come.
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