Matt Bradley will have a pin removed from his broken finger six days from now and will be able to return to the lineup right away, he said yesterday. The checking line winger has missed 12 games, but could be back for next Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.
Left wing Alexander Semin, meantime, went for precautionary X-rays yesterday. Team officials wouldn't be specific about where Semin is hurt, but they are optimistic he won't miss any playing time.
"He'll be fine to play," Coach Hanlon said. "He's got a little nagging injury and he wants some reassurance that there's nothing the matter with him."
Left wing Alex Ovechkin also did not skate yesterday, but he was simply resting, Hanlon said.
The news is not so good regarding defenseman John Erskine, who still needs crutches to get around. He's missed eight games and might not be able to return until next month.
"That's not a good sign," Hanlon said of the crutches. "If he's still limping around, then he's not playing for the next little while."
Even after Erskine has the cast removed from his left foot, he's facing 7 to 10 days just to get back into shape.
Defenseman Bryan Muir, meantime, could be back from his broken foot in about two weeks, while right wing Richard Zednik (abdominal surgery) hopes to be able to skate on his own in 10-14 days.
On an unrelated note, General Manager George McPhee left yesterday for Sweden, where attending the World Junior Championships. He's scheduled to meet with center Nicklas Backstrom, the club's 2006 fourth overall draft pick.
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