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Brashear Still Out; Green Has the Flu

Donald Brashear left practice early and won't be ready to return for Wednesday's game against the Islanders, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. So that means the Caps will have to make a recall.

Mike Green, meantime, has come down with the flu that has been running around the room in recent weeks. Boudreau said Green was sent home so that he wouldn't infect any teammates. Boudreau also hopes the defenseman will be able to practice tomorrow.

I'll have a more detailed report this afternoon.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 30, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
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Maybe they can send Greenie up to watch the Devils/Rags Game and visit the devils in between periods.......just kidding.....Get well soon MG....we need you in the line-up!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | March 30, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Ah ha. That explains Green's absence. Get better. You've got a couple of days.

Recall? Could we have Osala back? Too bad Mink broke his hand on Haley.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Call-ups did a stellar job Friday night. We need their energy going up against the Isles.

Feel better boys

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Osala & Aucoin would be great, but the pattern would suggest different call-ups are due

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse


What the hell?

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 30, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Osala was a beast - I really liked his energy and physical play last game. Id say either he gets called up or Erskine goes to the 4th line. Either way - it is nice to have depth! Go Caps - Get well soon MG

Posted by: psugolf | March 30, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I was about to post the same question as ThisGuy...

Tarik, you have 25 guys in a locker room sweating and showing together in wintertime (no widecrack please). You would think it would be a health-care NO-BRAINER given the amount of money invested in these guys for them all to get flu shots. Is there some reason why not? A health care reason? An immigration reason? This would be a really interesting story. I can't imagine why it wouldn't be required.

Posted by: jhamond1 | March 30, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The flu shot only works if:

a. someone actually comes into contact with the flu virus. Too often, what is labelled "the flu" is not the flu at all. I'm guessing the Caps don't actually have the flu, but something else.
b. the flu virus a person comes into contact with is the strain(s) that were included in this year's flu vaccine. Last year, they guessed wrong and the virus that caused most causes of the flu was not included in the vaccine, in part because the vaccine is manufactured far in advance and the manufacturer has to guess which strains will be running around.

Young guys who play hockey are not on the priority vaccination list. The young, eldery, those with compromised immune systems (cancer, AIDS, lupus, other auto-immune disorders), and those in the healthcare and childcare fields, are the ones who are supposed to get a vaccine first. Everyone else can get the vaccine, but its not a priority and thre isn't a push to get them vaccinated in the same way as the other categories.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

jhamond1 – Unfortunately, this year has seen several strains of the flu, and not all of them are covered by the flu shot. In fact, VA has had one of the worst outbreaks in the nation of the flu type B, which can put you down for a week plus and is not prevented by flu shots. It went through my family after we all had our shots, and it was not pretty.

Posted by: griffin13 | March 30, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Semin has recovered and will be back this week?

Posted by: 54fighting | March 30, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I could have sworn that Green had already had the flu earlier this month. Which is why he was missing in the Atlanta Thrasher game that we lost so badly. And now a second bout of flu.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 30, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Still got plenty of time before Wednesday but I do admit I like having a few Bears in the lineup regularly. They seem to play their hearts out every night and give some other guys a day off.

Posted by: cappies | March 30, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I could have sworn that Green had already had the flu earlier this month. Which is why he was missing in the Atlanta Thrasher game that we lost so badly. And now a second bout of flu.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 30, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

which is why I don't think its really the flu running through the locker room, but something else. rarely will you catch the flu twice in one flu season (heck, 99% of us won't catch the flu this year). Plus, as griffin13 said, if you actually catch the flu, and not what everyone claims is "the flu," you are out of commission for a week, plus time to regain your strength.

There was a vicious head/chest thing running around this winter, absolutely brutal, which may have been the first so-called flu that went through the locker room in January/February.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

That suck about Green. I hope he gets better. The upside, it is better now than in three weeks...

Posted by: hbcapsfan | March 30, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The type of influenza that the flu shots protect against is not an illness that you recover from in a day. As someone else said above, it can put you down for a week or more. I would guess that the guys have some kind of nasty respiratory virus which the flu shot doesn't cover and antibiotics won't cure. I think practically everyone at my workplace had it this feel like total crap for 1-3 days and then slowly get over it.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 30, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree that getting a flu shot is no guarantee that one will not still come down with the flu or flu like symptoms. The flu mutates all the time, like Pittsburgh or Carolina before and after the trade deadlines, all you can do is survive it and build up immunity against that particular strain. Hopefully Mike Green and the company are just developing resistance against the virulent "Surging Penguins and Hurricane" virus, just in time for the playoffs!

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 30, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Flu shots don't always work, as someone said above. It's a guessing game as to which strains will appear in a given year, and if they guess wrong, a flu shot is all but worthless.

Aldo agree that this probably isn't the flu. Flu's way nasty and will put you on your butt for a week or more. There's a lot of head/chest bugs that have been running around all winter - thankfully, I managed to evade them all.

I think they're just being cautious - this is the time to try to get all such things out of the locker room for good. Sending him home is a smart idea.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Glad it's hitting us now and not in the next few weeks. Hope like heck that they are wiping that room down and all the equipment. Disinfection is critical right now.

Posted by: blanknerc | March 30, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

JohnWWW, thank you for that shot of hilarity! 'the virulent "Surging Penguins and Hurricane" virus' is spot on!

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Rags play the Devils tonight.


Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@blanknerc: If it were me running that equipment crew, that would have been done over the weekend in the two days the guys had off. Possibly twice.

We can beat the "surging Pens/Canes virus", I think - the "second seed" pill should take care of that.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Mike! :)

Considering what his place looks like, I don't think his recovery will be all that bad...

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | March 30, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

vitamin C, l-glutamine, and zinc

Posted by: CapitalIdea | March 30, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

It seems that this year has been especially hard on the team as far as getting sick is concerned. Correct strain or no I would still make them all get a shot this fall for sure. On the other hand I do love giving the Hershey guys a chance at the big time and they all seem to really play their hearts out.

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 30, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Add to that the good stuff - 2 fingers of Scotch and 3 Tylenol.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

the problem this year is several really nasty head and respiratory things have been running absolutely rampant around the DC area since Christmas, and there's very little you can do for them except take Nyquil/Dayquil and let them run their course. The biggest issue with these infections is that they can occassionally turn into walking pnuemonia, like what Flash had earlier in the season (and he hasn't looked the same since). And even wlaking pnuemonia is going to knock you on your butt for a couple of weeks. Its not fun to feel like your breastbone is going to split in two every time you cough, either.

A flu shot would have been completely ineffective against any of the above. If the real flu had been devestating the team, I would say sure, make 'em get the vaccine, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all, at any point this season.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Scotch gets you all warm and fuzzy. Tylenol reduces the fever and achy feelings you get with the flu. The combination puts you to sleep which is exactly what you need when you have the flu.

Increase Scotch dosage to taste. :D

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I hate to be all grumpy and a killjoy, but you really shouldn't take Tylenol with alcohol. Ever. It can cause liver damage and serious medical problems, including everyone's favorite, death.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I wish Flash would get this lil flu bug :)

Posted by: darrylrbaker | March 30, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

can we quarantine these guys or many have had the flu or "flu like sypmtoms?"

Posted by: carsonspence | March 31, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

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