According to multiple sources, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will undergo “abdominal” surgery and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Several sources say the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. Green, 26, and a restricted free agent at the end of the season, was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve last week, with a reported groin injury.
The injury was first diagnosed and explained to the media as a “day-to-day” situation. But with every game that Green missed, and every practice he missed, it became evident that Green was injured past what the team was willing to disclose. Green missed 23 games from Nov. 12 to Jan. 3.
Green tried to play last week and made it through the first game (logging 15:43 on 17 shifts), a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames — a game that saw center Nicklas Backstrom leave after a flagrant elbow to his head from forward Rene Bourque, an injury Backstrom has yet to return from. But Green aggravated his injury Jan. 7 against San Jose and left before the conclusion of the second period.
Green is a singular talent from the blue line, but has not been able to stay on the ice to display that talent the last two seasons. He’s missed almost half of the teams’ last 134 games, jeopardizing his status as one of the most sought-after free agents at the end of the season. Any team that tries to sign Green to a multi-year contract at this point does so taking their fate into their own hands. Green has missed games the last two seasons with groin, ankle, shoulder and concussion injuries.
Green has played in just 10 of the Caps 43 games this season, scoring three goals and three assists (+1), with three power play points.