Caps and Mike Green Update

March 20, 2009 | Ed Frankovic

Caps News

Mike Green appears to be a game time decision on Saturday night in Carolina and kudos to Corey Masisak of the Washington Times for finding out that it is “clearly a rib/abdomen/side issue for Green.” Also here is what Masisak wrote about the situation from Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau’s perspective:

Boudreau said they wanted Mike Green to take the day off and then see where he is at tomorrow. He said if it were up to Green, he would play but the team wants to make the best decision for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

The good news is regardless of whether #52 plays on Saturday it doesn’t appear to be a more serious shoulder injury. My guess is he sits on Saturday at Carolina meaning John Erskine gets back in the lineup. Also John Walton, the Director of Communicatons for the Hershey Bears, is reporting that forward Chris Bourque has been scratched for Hershey tonight and he was seen headed to the airport. Looks like Bourque will be called up for Saturday’s game and will occupy the spot vacated first by Boyd Gordon due to a finger injury (out two to three weeks) and then by Quintin Laing as a result of his very unfortuante spleen injury that will end his season. Laing is a nice team player and a guy the Caps organization could have used in the playoffs either in Hershey or Washington.

Below is a press release from today by the Caps:

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The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Trevor Bruess to a two-year entry-level contract beginning in 2009-10, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Capitals expect Bruess to join the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) next week on an amateur tryout agreement.

Bruess (pronounced BRISS), 23, has spent the past three seasons with Minnesota State of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The 6’0”, 200-pound Minneapolis native was an assistant captain for the Mavericks in 2008-09. He had 12 goals, 17 points and 117 penalty minutes in 35 games on the season, leading the team in penalty minutes and finishing tied for third in goals.

Bruess led Minnesota State in points (30) and assists (21) as a sophomore in 2007-08 in 38 games. His nine goals included a team-high three shorthanded goals, one power-play goal and one game-winner. He won the team’s Hardest Worker Award for the second year in a row and led the team in plus/minus rating (+22). In three collegiate seasons Bruess posted 24 goals and 61 points in 110 games.

Bruess joins an organization that has seen five former college free agents contribute with the Capitals at the NHL level this season: Jay Beagle, Sean Collins, Graham Mink, Brian Pothier and David Steckel.

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So I am looking at the Eastern Conference standings tonight and with the Caps sitting on 96 points and Carolina having 81 points with 10 games left (they are playing the Islanders in Raleigh right now and are tied 4-4 in the third period) and Florida having 80 points with 11 games left the Caps only need to get to 102 points to clinch the Southeast Division even if one of those two teams won out the rest of the way. You could see the Caps clinch the Southeast Division as early as next Friday, if things go correctly for Washington.

There were articles and coverage galore on Ovechkin’s 50th goal celebration from Thursday night. Clearly the guy is getting people to talk about hockey and even though I wasn’t a fan of it, I am not appalled by it. However, I did notice that Ryan Malone said he took exception to the celebration. Here is what he said:

“I was in the [penalty] box at the time, but you remember something like that and make sure he pays the right way,” Malone told the Tampa Tribune. “He’s going to do what he’s going to do and it’s up to us to react the way we should.”

Sounds like Malone, a former Pittsburgh Penguin, might go after Ovechkin the next time these teams play (Friday, March 27th). I’m pretty sure that Matt Bradley and Donald Brashear will make sure noone takes any liberties with the Great #8.

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