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Caps injury update: Green possible vs. Stars, Beagle doubtful, Orpik out


Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz updated the media on the laundry list of injuries currently plaguing his hockey club.

The good news is defenseman Mike Green, who suffered an upper body injury in the Caps 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on the weekend, is a possibility tonight when Washington hosts the Dallas Stars.

Green missed the Capitals 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

“I want to be able to play, play heavy, play strong, play firm,” Green told The Washington Post. “If I can’t, then waiting one more day there where I can makes more sense. Especially this time of the season.

“I just want to be ready for that. The injury I had last game, just needs a few days and we’ll be good.”

Forward Jay Beagle, who absorbed a hit from Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi on Wednesday is “very doubtful” for tonight’s game according to Trotz.

Alex Prewitt reports Beagle was favoring his left shoulder following the hit.

“I think he thought with the injury he’s got, it’d be better served to shut him down right now, or [Wednesday] night, I should say, then give him a better chance to come back quicker,” Trotz said. “At the end of the day, we always think about the player first. I don’t think it’ll be too long. It’s not something that’s weeks. It won’t be too long.”

Defenseman Brooks Orpik missed his first game of the season on Wednesday after aggravating a lower body injury during practice on Tuesday. Orpik did not practice on Thursday and is not expected to play tonight.

“I expect him to probably maybe possibly skate [Friday] on his own,” said Trotz. “That’s the last thing I’ve heard. I think that’s the plan, that he’ll probably skate tomorrow. He’s not going to play.”

Dmitry Orlov, who has not played this season while recovering from wrist surgery, is expected to finally get game action soon.

The 23-year-old will likely be sent to Hershey of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.

“That’s something we’re talking about with Dmitry on a more regular basis than we have in the past,” he said. “I probably would say that you could expect something in the near future.”

John Erskine skated for the first time on Thursday following neck surgery in October. The defenseman skated on his own for roughly 30 minutes, but is still experiencing pain.

Forward Michael Latta (upper body) is questionable for tonight.

Report: Washington shopping defenseman Hamrlik

Roman Hamrlik Getty

RDS hockey reporter Renaud P. Lavoie reports the Washington Capitals are shopping veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik.

Hamrlik, 37, has appeared in 55 games for the Caps this season (2G-8A-10PTS) but has fallen in and out of favor with head coach Dale Hunter. Back in December, Hunter made Hamrlik a healthy scratch for the first time this season, and he’ll once again be a healthy scratch tonight against Ottawa.

“You want him to be a defensive defenseman. He’s giving up too many chances, so he’s out of the lineup,” Hunter told the Washington Times. “Giving up too many scoring chances; he took a bad penalty last game. So we’re going to put someone else in.”

Few thoughts on this:

— Shopping Hamrlik isn’t necessarily a sign that GM George McPhee has gone into seller mode. The return of Mike Green has left the Caps with seven healthy defensemen (Green, Hamrlik, Dennis Wideman, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Jeff Schultz and Dmitri Orlov), so there’s flexibility in terms of shipping one guy out.

— Lavoie notes the asking price “is high right now.”

— Hamrlik is in the first of a two-year deal that pays $3.5 million annually and according to Capgeek, he doesn’t have a no-trade clause. That said, Hamrlik’s agent has stated his client has not asked for a trade.

— Given current market value for veteran defensemen, Hamrlik could reap big returns. Don’t forget that Hal Gill (who, in terms of age, experience, stature and foot speed is quite similar) netted Montreal a second-round pick and a pair of prospects.

— Hamrlik has almost 100 games of playoff experience and, like Gill, was a big reason why the Habs made it to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago. He had nine points in 19 games while averaging over 20 minutes a night.

Should note that Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted the Blues could have interest and have been scouting Capitals games recently.

Caps defenseman Green: “I want to play more”

Mike Green

Easing oneself into the lineup after major surgery is a pretty standard NHL routine.

That said, Mike Green wants none of it.

The Caps blueliner made his return to action in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Tampa — his first game since Jan. 17 — and was pleased with how his surgically repaired abdomen responded after 14:14 of ice time.

So please, in fact, that he asked head coach Dale Hunter for more ice time.

“Fourteen minutes felt like four minutes for me,” Green told NHL.com. “I told [Hunter] I want to play more, that I feel good, so we’ll see.”

Green said the sports hernia surgery corrected a longstanding issue with his skating stride and that he felt improvement “almost immediately” after going under the knife. As such, he wants to jump right back into a full-time role, likely due to Washington’s place in the Eastern Conference standings (10th place, 63 points.)

“For the longest time before the surgery, even though I wasn’t sore, I didn’t have my skating stride,” Green said. “I couldn’t skate as well as I used to.”

Hunter dressed seven defensemen for the Lighting game — Green, Dennis Wideman, Karl Alzner, Roman Hamrlik, Jeff Schultz, John Carlson and Dmitri Orlov — with Carlson (22:51) and Alzner (20:39) leading the way in terms of ice time. The Caps head coach said he might employ the same seven-man unit against Carolina tonight.