Over the past two seasons, Green's absence from the lineup has become a new normal for Washington and a trying time for the two-time Norris Trophy finalist as the best player at the position. Dating to Feb. 8, Green has missed 52 of the past 62 regular-season contests because of injury.
It's unclear when Green, who was not available to comment for this article, will return from his latest setback, a strained right
Green received Accelerated Recovery Performance treatment, which involves electrical stimulation, in Minnesota, according to those people. It's unclear whether Green, who skated for five days before the
"The last two years, he's had a lot of things go wrong — the
In the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, Green, now 26, led all NHL defensemen in points. But in the two years since, he has been sidelined by injuries to his shoulder, knee and hip flexor; a pair of concussions; a twisted right ankle; and now the groin strain. It's possible that Green's lack of durability could result in a pay cut. The Calgary native will earn $5 million this season in the final year of his current contract, a four-year deal worth $21 million, and become a restricted free agent this summer. To retain Green's negotiating rights in the offseason, the Capitals will need to make a qualifying offer of a one-year deal worth $5 million.
Green played his best game of this season Oct. 22, when he tied his career high of four points in a single contest in Washington's 7-1 win over Detroit, but he missed the next six games with the twisted ankle. Less than eight minutes into his return to the lineup Nov. 11, Green was hit by New Jersey's
"Mike's missed more significant time than he would have liked recently, but it's beyond his control — beyond anyone's control," said Craig Oster, Green's agent. "He was very excited about starting the year and taking another step personally, and as a team. The part that is encouraging, in all of these unfortunate circumstances, is that none of the injuries have been of a real significant variety that should have any lasting impact on Mike's ability to play in the long term."
Green's groin injury came not long after the Capitals lost
The program involves a machine called the ARPwave, which sends electrical current through targeted areas of the body in conjunction with controlled movement, to help promote recovery from injury.
According to league sources, Capitals assistant general manager for player personnel Brian MacLellan owns and uses an ARPwave machine. Boston goaltender