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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Capitals expect Mike Green to play against Los Angeles

By Katie Carrera

Both Coach Bruce Boudreau and Mike Green reiterated that they believe the defenseman will be in the lineup for Saturday's matinee contest against the Kings. Green, who was struck in the head by a slap shot on Feb. 6 and missed Tuesday's game against San Jose, is scheduled to undergo neuropsychological tests this afternoon.

"I'm sure. I have no qualms about it or there's no doubts in my mind, anyway," Boudreau said when asked if he expected Green to play. "Unless something really strange happens this afternoon."

Green stayed out on the ice for the duration of the Capitals' hour-long practice at KCI this morning and said afterward he felt "a lot better than I have. I'm back to normal, 100 percent."

--Eric Fehr (shoulder) stayed out on the ice for the full practice but wore a yellow, no-contact jersey as he is unable to take checks. Fehr said afterward he wasn't sure if he would be going on the upcoming road trip with the team but that he hoped to.

Boudreau said it is "up in the air" as to whether Fehr or Tom Poti (groin) will travel with the team out West. "We'll probably take at least one of them," Boudreau said.

--Lines at Friday's practice were the same as yesterday with Alexander Semin on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

By Katie Carrera  | February 11, 2011; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Injuries, Mike Green  
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Comments

Trades...

Boudreau, Perrault, and a #1 for Scotty Bowman...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 11, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

up to this point, has green really mattered for the Caps?? Frankly, the D (and Green) are less of a worry than the offense and goaltending.

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Bigger story...Ovechkin out on the ice for TWO straight practices..!!!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 11, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

BALANCED scoring.

Let's not put all our euros in one basket.

I'm finally, and it's taken a while, over the changing of the lines.

Solidify them so they can build some chemistry!

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | February 11, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

joek stated, in so many words, that he believes GMGM is content with just having a good team and won't take a rish to do what's needed to win a championship. Those are my words, so I might have misinterpreted what he said. My response is:

joek: Do you really believe that? I honestly don't. I believe they are seeing what I am seeing and that is impatience with the fan base. If the Caps don't win a championship soon the current fans that have hopped on the Rock the Red machine will jump off. Look, a few years ago when BB took over the fans were happy with a SE title, and a hard fought 7 game series loss to the Flyers. The next year, the fans (at the stadium) accepted the 7th game loss to the Pens. Last year the fans were happy with the Presidents trophy but began to boo during the playoffs. This season, the fans boo when a pass is missed, and boo at the end of a bad period, and boo at the end of a lost game. The bar has been raised and Ted and GMGM know that if they don't improve in the postseason this year fans will stop going. The advantage they have is the serious threat of the NFL being a bust next year, and the NBA too for that matter. They might be the only show in town come October.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I bet Matt Cooke checks his own players that are wearing a "no-contact" jersey. That is the reason Cindy Crysby refuses to return to practice (at least that is what I read on the internet).

It's amazing who shows up when the coach actually doesn't make practice an option. IMO BB gets the blame for players not showing up. If you want them to show up don't make it an option.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 11, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we could sign a pact with Satan (the one who's playing in the KHL, not the Commisioner of the IHL)...

waka waka waka

Oops...I forgot, he's a winger, and we already tried that "Acquire a player who has tormented you in the past" trick. Didn't work.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 11, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

he might have the willingness to do it, but if he doesnt act fast he could be shut out bc all the options will be gone. Ive said before one player isnt going to make a difference. Two players are needed, a 2C and another top 6 W. I dont think he can do what he did last year and add players without losing one and having 7 scratches every night. That is bad for the locker room. Guys are going to be dealt, it wont just be picks this year. That or he will stand pat and wont make a move.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@fan,

as much as we all would like to believe that this has become a serious hockey town, it really hasn't compared to other NHL cities.

I just saw local tv numbers the other day and Pitt leads the league in local TV audience @ 100K/game. This town which is a much bigger market than Pitt has an average audience of 40K/game on comcast.

I believe in order for this team to get to the next level, they need to make a BIG move, NOT some small deals for scrubs. The kinda moves that Pitt made in early 90's that helped them win the back to back Cups.

I just don't see GMGM making that kinda moves any time soon.

Posted by: joek443 | February 11, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Capgeek if we could wait until deadline day we could actually be under the cap trading MP, either Varly or Neuvy, and picks for Weiss and Vokoun but would only have $21,000 or so in space. The question is would you do that?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

why keep glass men like fehr, semin and gordon

Posted by: wendel2 | February 11, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

Fla is right in the playoff race so maybe they make deals, maybe they dont. If I were Fla there is no chance Id take that deal from the Caps. We'd get the two best players by far in that deal.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

ThePat: Totally agree, if a player is available that the Caps know will be the right piece get it now. On the other hand, two weeks can change the fortune of teams that, today, aren't necessarily sellers. That's the craziness GMGM has to deal with.

Joek: DC not being a hockey town is exactly the problem. For example, no matter how crappy the Leafs are, they will sell out. The Caps have to win, and not just win in the regular season, fans want bragging rights. If a championship doesn't happen soon, the turnstyles won't be, well, turning. In a hockeytown, they turn no matter what.

Don't let today's numbers fool you though. When the Pens were sucking wind they were in danger of being moved due to lack of fan support. The Madhouse on Madison (United Center in Chicago) had worse attendance than MCI/Verizon. There are few markets that will sell out in any sports unless a team is winning. In the NHL the Canadian cities support no matter what. Even Ottawa, although they don't sell out when they're not winning, they are typically in the high 90 percentile.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@joek443: I agree with your assessment of GMGM. I don't think he will make any moves by the trade deadline. If he does it will be a minor move and not a block-buster move that gets the fans up.

I do feel that if BB fails in the first round of the PO's, GMGM will fire him and bring in a defensive minded coach. Who, I have no idea but BB will be history. GMGM is giving him all the rope he needs to hang himself after an early exit from the playoffs this spring. Of course, this is depending upon making the playoffs.

Posted by: JMinVA | February 11, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Guys, you are right...Bruce is gone with a first round failure...

But I don't want that...so what are the Caps going to do? Just let the window of opportunity close?

I say they make a bold move and really make a run for it...who cares about the FUTURE!!!!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 11, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the year for the Caps to make a big run because imo it would take about 4 acquisitions at least to make that happen. Some involving "core" positions.

Better GM just sit on his hands instead of overpaying for the wrong type of rental player and prolonging success.

then we can hope he gets fired and the right guy gets hired to take this team to the next level. Its not going to be Mcphee. That I'm 100% sure of.

The best type of trade right now is NOT for a rental, but for a younger guy who can be around for a few years at least.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

why keep glass men like fehr, semin and gordon

Posted by: wendel2

They're all 1st round picks who McPhee can point to as evidence of his great drafting ability?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The best type of trade right now is NOT for a rental, but for a younger guy who can be around for a few years at least.
--------------------------------

There was some signs earlier this week that neither ATL nor Bogosian were really happy with each other.

Green, Carlson and Bogosian would definitely be a D core that you could build a championship team around.

Posted by: joek443 | February 11, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Here is a good article on what a GM does when first hired and in the hiring of a coach. After reading this article, I am even more inclined that GMGM won't be making any big spash or move if at all before the trade deadling. He is setting up BB with the people he wants and when he fails in the PO's he will be gone.

Then GMGM will hire the coach he wants and make trades to get the players he wants to get rid of.

Posted by: JMinVA | February 11, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

We need mroe Russians....lots and lots of Russians...U.S.S.R

Posted by: SA-Town | February 11, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think it would take Eakin and Kuzzie to get Bogosian?

Maybe that is something you do, especially if they also take Poti.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JMinVA | February 11, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Like 'SoaringCaps' stated he doesn't hink GMGM will make anymoves by 2/28 deadline. I agree; GMGM will stand pat.

Now let's see if he does.

Posted by: JMinVA | February 11, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: greenmachine | February 11, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

well if Atl was once dumb enough to trade Braydon Coburn for Alexei Zhitnik, maybe they'd be dumb enough to take Poti in a trade.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Fat chance since Waddell isn't the GM anymore.

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 11, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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