Mike Green Could Return this Weekend

(2/16/12) Mike Green is close to returning and could be back in the Capitals lineup as early as the weekend.  Green has battled a severe groin strain most of the season, and he attempted an unsuccessful comeback once already.  He underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Jan. 17, which hopefully will fix the problem once and for all, but he's sat out all but 10-games this year.

Just a few weeks ago we were ready to write the season off as lost, but... yeah, we're pretty much still ready to.  First, we worry about Green's conditioning since he's barely played this season and has not been skating or working out regularly.  It will take him a month or more to hit full speed, and if anything he looks more like a sleeper for playoff pools.  

The biggest concern we have is just the overall trend of injuries over the last two seasons.  Green simply hasn't been able to stay on the ice, as he's dealt with ankle, head, groin, and several undisclosed injuries.  If he does stay healthy, owners could have a difference maker for the stretch, but it will take some luck to get Green across the finish line.  

With that said, he's still Mike Green, and he's one of the most offensively talented defenemen in the game.  Based on this new news, he definitely deserves to be owned in all leagues.  Check the waiver wire in case his owner gave up on him, and stash him on the bench as a lottery ticket if he's available.  He's no sure-thing by any means, but there is at least a glimmer of hope again for the patient owners who stuck with him.