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It's Good to be Mike Green

In the words of Alex Ovechkin, "It's good to be Ovie."

But as I found out Saturday, it's also good to be Mike Green.

As we mentioned here last week, Green's condo and recently acquired 2006 pearl-white Lamborghini Gallardo will be featured on MTV's "Cribs" in an upcoming episode. The filming was done by a seven-person crew over the course of about five hours, and I got to watch them in action thanks to an invitation from Green and his business manager, Sherif Abdalla.

While MTV was finishing up, I spoke Green for a few minutes about his offseason and snapped some pictures of his dream bachelor pad. We'll publish a much bigger story on the record-setting defenseman during training camp, but here are a few tidbits (and some photos) to tide you over until then.

Although Green was dogged in the playoffs by a bum shoulder, he said the injury doesn't figure to be a problem this season because of a rigorous rehabbing regimen -- and some help from an unexpected source.

"My shoulder gave me problems all summer working out, and then I started swimming," he said. "And swimming cured it."

Green passed the first big test for his shoulder when he survived Canada's Olympic orientation camp late last month. But while the shoulder wasn't a problem, he did experience some hip tightness and a slight groin pull during the camp. He said he doesn't envision either becoming an issue when Washington's camp begins next week, though I'm thinking this might bear watching.

Green also said he focused on his conditioning this summer, working out daily with Calgary-based Crash Conditioning. He has slimmed down to a svelte 200 pounds, which the Caps' ice time leader -- he skates 30 minutes some nights -- considers to be close to his optimal playing weight. The 23-year-old added that his personal trainers are going to visit him once a month to ensure he maintains his fitness over the course of a grueling year.

But enough about hockey for now. Because Saturday wasn't really about that. It was about Mike showing off his penthouse and customized cars to MTV.

"When I first signed a contract and bought my first painting, things just sort of rolled from there," Green said of his interest in art, interior design and fashion. "I always cared about what I was wearing and what I wanted to have for myself. And this all stems from my ideas, and now it's all a reality."

Here's a sneak peek at what you're going to see on "Cribs:"

Green's new 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo and custom Escalade outside of his condo.

The office of a former skater, obviously.

Another shot of Green's condo and his preferred type of computer.

Plenty of reading for anyone planning to spend a lot of time in his shiny (but ultra cool) bathroom.

The aforementioned shiny bathroom.

Big screen in the living room with a sweet plasma fireplace.

The dining room of a former skater, obviously.

The wine room.

The master bedroom.

Hot tub on the balcony. It had to be lifted onto the balcony via a crane.

Green and a bunch of his friends and business associates drinking Red Bulls in the kitchen.

Green getting more ink on his arms in the pool room. The word "Faith" was being etched on his left bicep.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 6, 2009; 8:49 AM ET
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Ok we can see the Caps players can party. Now can they win a cup?

Posted by: Mike4169 | September 6, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Uh, not on Labor Day weekend they can't, Francis.

Posted by: redlineblue | September 6, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Holy fan-boy. TE-B gets a little too excited by the guys he covers, I think. Maybe US Weekly is hiring.

Posted by: bugaboo1 | September 6, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Surely when you see a guy score as many goals as Green, that you wonder if he should be a forward.

Posted by: rjma1 | September 6, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Surely when you see a guy score as many goals as Green, that you wonder if he should be a forward.

Posted by: rjma1 | September 6, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

which is easier to find in the NHL, a great forward or great defenseman? you don't make a Norris Trophy candidate into a forward.

Posted by: joek443 | September 6, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

TEB it must be nice to finally have been provided a camera to do this sort of thing. The off season can't end soon enough though. I'm ready for some real hockey stories...

Posted by: ngraham1 | September 6, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Me too!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 6, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does this kind of stuff make anyone else worry that Mike Green is going to be broke by the time he's 40? I hope he doesn't have Sergei Federov's financial advisors working for him.

Glad to see he's having fun....but be careful dude!

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | September 6, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

A condo is a real estate investment. It is probably a pretty good place to park some of Mike Green's cash, and you have to admit that he bought near the bottom of the market ;

Posted by: pcalver1 | September 6, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Good to see Greenie has a couple of Playboys in the bathroom...though I was disappointed at the absence of Maxim.

Posted by: JillC | September 6, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

prima donna. Reminds me of an NBA player, not a lunchpail NHLer.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 6, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

That's the new "svelte" Green? His conditioning, or lack thereof, still worries me.

Posted by: Dave_in_Alexandria | September 6, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Man I misread that title. I read "It's Goodbye to Mike Green." Nearly had a heart attack.

Posted by: Raber | September 6, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Man I misread that title. I read "It's Goodbye to Mike Green." Nearly had a heart attack.

Posted by: Raber | September 6, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse
you never know...goodbye to mike green could be happening sooner than you think

Posted by: gfsportsfan | September 6, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

This is the weirdest thread of responses I've ever read. For chrissakes people, he's 23 and a superstar. Let him live. What's this "lunchpail" business? We tried the lunchpail approach in DC all through the 90s and all it got was a bunch of early Playoff exits.

Let the young man be himself just like let Ovie and Backstrom be themselves. Maybe some of you are too young or jealous to realize this. I am 51 years old. I have a 2300 sq ft house with nice swimming pool. It's the best I can afford in Orlando with $150K salary between me and the wife. I love my house and I'm proud of it. If I made more, I'd have more. (BTW, it's paid off.) Unfortunately, you don't get 18,000 people to pay an average of $50 each to watch a cost estimator work. Oh well. More power to Mike Green, but I bet I could teach him a thing or two about that wine collection.

Right now: 2006 Five Rivers Cab. Nice pairing with a decent steak and a good post-meal quaffer. I wouldn't serve it though to your boss. You'd upgrade just a touch at least.

Posted by: tominfl1 | September 6, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"lunch pail" NHLer? There's no such thing. Everyone in the NHL makes six figures, minimum. I always laugh when teams describe themselves with terms like "linch pail" and "blue collar." AHL ,maybe. But the NHL? Gimme a break...

Posted by: CAP-lanta | September 7, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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