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Green Out Tonight

Mike Green just walked into the Staples Center still wearing a sling on his right arm. The defenseman said he doesn't know exactly what's wrong with his shoulder, but he also doesn't think its separated or broken. All he knows right now is that it hurts too much to play tonight against Kings.

Not sure yet about the status of the Caps' other injured players -- Alexander Semin, Shaone Morrisonn and Sergei Fedorov. But I have to imagine either Morrisonn or Fedorov will be back in the lineup.

I should know something a little more concrete in the next hour. So check back.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 1:44 PM ET
 
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Comments

Ugh!

Posted by: s1c00554 | November 20, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

dang

Posted by: _stevo | November 20, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

why doesnt he just take a shot like football players do? I mean real football not soccer players who would just cry in the corner.

kidding but at least he doesnt think it is separated

Posted by: _stevo | November 20, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The Nyalnder to Chicago deal will be for Sopel. That's why Chicago needs to clear the salary because they would be taking on $2 million more than they currently have. Whether we keep Sopel here is another story. It will occur as soon as Chicago frees up Cap space. Thats why Nylander is on the 4th line and receiving less ice time. If Fedorov were healthy Nyles would be a healthy scratch until the Blackhawks cap situation is dealt with.

Posted by: ThePat | November 20, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

_stevo:
Speaking of soccer players, have you seen that Sports Soup commercial where the soccer player takes a dive in the conference room? Too funny!! (Again, Dave - I didn't "say" it, Sports Soup did!! ;-))

Posted by: Boo- | November 20, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

previous post....

nabakov is injured, i think for a couple of weeks

Posted by: _stevo | November 20, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Section117:
Nabokov has not played in like 7-9 games.

Time to call up Lepesto.

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@boo, yeah i've seen that, pretty funny...that show isn't to shabby

Posted by: _stevo | November 20, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OH NOES! The sky is falling! Our players are dropping like flies! Doomed! We're all doomed!

Lay off the caffeine for a bit people...

Posted by: migz | November 20, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

He knows what's wrong with it but isn't saying and if he isn't saying, it's bad.

They need Feds and Mo to return tonight. I don't see a call-up until after the road trip.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | November 20, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Sucks about Greener. Here's hoping Sergei is ready to play.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

*OUCH!*

I hope Greene gets better soon! Glad he doesn't think it's separated/broken; has he had an MRI done yet? I assume so... hopefully he'll know something quickly!

I hope, too, that even if Mo and / or Feds do have to play tonight that they will be CAREFUL and try not to reinjure themselves... that would suck.

@migz: I don't do caffeine. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | November 20, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

About Boucher...his numbers are a little inflated because he had shutouts in his first two starts as the backup. Since Nabby's gotten hurt and he's become the full-time starter, his GAA is closer to 2.50. So he can be beaten. But the Sharks are TOUGH at home.

Posted by: kenjabi | November 20, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

now we are undermanned because we go on a western swing with no spare bodies.
We do this because of cap problems yet we keep overpaid duds like nyls clark
When is gmgm gonna act so we can ice a full team?

Posted by: wendel2 | November 20, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope Morrison can skate tonight because the Caps blueline is getting paper thin with Hershey a long flight away

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 20, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

If Green sits out a night, I'd rather it be this one. LA is 3 from the bottom on their conference. I think we can get by without him for one night.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Green - could be rotator cuff - which would be bad - guess we can speculate all day and it will still suck - hope he gets back soon.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 20, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If Green sits out a night, I'd rather it be this one. LA is 3 from the bottom on their conference. I think we can get by without him for one night.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 2:22 PM
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+1, sounds like Morrisonn's back in, barring his groin exploding or something.

Posted by: Section117 | November 20, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

828

We have about $12.98 in cap room. We can't afford a squirrel to play.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I know most, if not all, of you guys are at work right now, but the NHL channel is showing a replay of a 1996 Caps/Redwings game. Holy crap!...Bondra, Kono, Allison, Niko, Ke. Miller, Juneau, Pivo, Simon (w/ long hair), Berube, Reekie, Housley, Calle Jo., Cote, Tinordi, Gonch, Klee (playing forward), Carey in net, Jim Schonfeld behind the bench...what a team! oh, the memories. They're playing against "the Russian 5". Feds scored a sweet goal. Also sounds like Pat Peake recently shattered his heel (sad story, I still have my Peake sweater). Anyway, fun to watch!

Posted by: fullright | November 20, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who didn't see that coming, please go to the back of the class. If Green needs to sit one out on this road trip, this is the game to sit out, hands down.

Personally, I hope to see both Fedorov and Morrisonn (sp?) on the ice tonight. That gives us just a little more room to wiggle. We need at least Mo, and I will be happier if it's both Mo and Feds.

As for callups, if you think there will be a callup, again, please go to the back of the class. There just isn't room for one unless one of two things happens: a trade, or Green goes to LTIR. Otherwise, it will not happen.

If you believe the rumors of Nylander to Chicago for any of a number of returns, there might be something in the offing. I like Nylander, but we've got a serious problem and we need to deal with it sooner rather than later. As for when GMGM's gonna act -- some think that'll be as soon as Chicago can clear headroom under their own cap for him. This means most likely either Huet on waivers or a trade for Khabibulin. Puck's down in their end at the moment regardless.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 20, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Nabokov was hurt either, but if that's true, the SJS have still only lost 3 games all year with backup goaltending. This will be a tough game, tonight. Let's go, boys!

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@greg S

We can throw a bubble hockey guy out there as the sixth d-man. Thats probably $5 or $6 max.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 20, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Come on Semin! Stop di**ing around and suit up! Don't be such a wuss!!

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 20, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

...how could i forget Hunter!

Posted by: fullright | November 20, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Nabby:

The Sharks returned Thomas Greiss to Worcester on Thursday as Evgeni Nabokov returned to practice at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
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They don't have any games until Saturday, smells like a return game maybe.

Posted by: Section117 | November 20, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

wendel, i'm sure GMGM reads this blog, why don't you provide some recommendations. remember you can't cut these guys (and save cap money, that is). and trading is a two way street (or three way in nyls case). it does suck that we are in this situation, but that is the result of having to pay young guys who have started to blossom (green, laich, etc). would be nice to shed some salary in favor of some young guys, but thats a bit of hind site at this point. i have hopes that nyls and clark will return to form and play up to their salaries. they will be valuable in a long playoff run..

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 20, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Please let Johnny be in net.

Ready or not...welcome back Mo, we need ya.

Posted by: caryh | November 20, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I hope we get 28 back for the Sharks game. We'll need the OBS Superline against those guys.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Section117

What worries me about what you just wrote is the first half of that phrase;

"They don't have any games until Saturday,..."

They had almost a week off (5 days). They'll be well rested for us. That will be a tough game.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

:( I'm starting to get worried. Why is the injury bug biting US??

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Greens shoulder sucks. add that to 828's list.

I love being in a clique!

Posted by: Leeguru | November 20, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Talking about Nylander rumor on NHL Home Ice. They think it's a terrible idea because the the Hawks already have $30 million committed two years from now, with big raises on the way.

But they think the Hawks are crazy enough to go for it because they want to make a splash in the media all the time.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Shoulder injuries are baaaaad news.

They never feel THAT bad, even when they're totally effed. Green saying it doesn't feel bad means nothing.

Here's hoping it's just a painful "sublex" and not a separation or dislocation/torn labrum.

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 20, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"They had almost a week off (5 days). They'll be well rested for us. That will be a tough game."

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 2:45 PM
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Yeah, well their limited exposure to Eastern Conference teams might be an advantage for the good guys, but overall I wasn't expecting a 4-0 road trip (Minnesota and SJ are a combined 15-1-2 at home, and SJ has won 8 out of its last 10 overall).

Posted by: Section117 | November 20, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat
Why Sopel?

Aaron Johnson= young, cheap, good D-sense, currently breaking out, high performing NOW.

AJ is the Dman with the best +/- on that team. Sopel is the dman with the worst. All those blocked shots are clearly not making a difference in the games Sopel plays in. AJ is drawing $0.5M/yr. Sopel is drawing $2M.

What more do you want? Also, moving him here would get AJ off that third pairing and really let him play.

I've said it before and I say it again: if GM takes anybody from CHI besides AJ, he should be slapped to death.

Of course Campbell and Seabrook would fit REALLY well here, but I don't think CHI would part with Seabrook and we cant afford Campbell. AJ we can afford, and they would let him go.

Plus the extra cap space with AJ lets us make a big late season move.

Posted by: large23220 | November 20, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, shoulders are bad if they hurt on the inside, I'm hoping it's external - soft tissue. And is it just me, or are we involved in, or rumored to be involved in trades with Chicago every year?

Posted by: freeid | November 20, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@DannyBoy1975 - shut yer pie-hole. You're not Alexander Semin; you don't know what he feels like, and I, for one, want him fully healthy before he skates again! I believe most on this board will agree with me. The same goes for Mike Green. They'll be back when they're back, and not before.

I've HAD shoulder injuries, and I don't care what you think - they are EXCRUCIATINGLY painful! So suck it in and deal; they boys aren't skating, and it's fine with me. I'd rather have them whole and healthy than risking re-injury.

Posted by: irockthered | November 20, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

this is the dumbest thing Green has done to date. Going into the corner with Chris Pronger was moronic considering Green is a defenseman not a forward. How selfinsh can he be? He took one for himself not the team.

Posted by: ergoroc | November 20, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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