Dennis Wideman and Mike Knuble walking around in suits after Game 5 on Saturday wasn’t much news other than the veteran right wing having no brace or cast on his right hand.
Monday, however, the sight of them both skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in full pads with their teammates provided for some optimism. But there’s still no timetable for their return.
“None right now,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s just good to see them out there skating in full gear and participating with the team.”
It was an optional practice with no contact, so the physical stress on both players appeared minimal. But it was the first time Wideman skated in full pads since suffering a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome on March 29.
Rest is good for the entire team, but it could be especially helpful for these guys who want to get back into game action as soon as possible.
“If you can get a week off, I think it’s huge with recovery time,” forward Jason Chimera said. “I watched Wides skate out there, he looked better than he ever has. Knubs is coming along, too. It’s great for guys like that to get some rest and who knows maybe in a week they’ll both be ready to go.”
Wideman had been targeting the end of this week for a full return to practice. The Caps are set to practice full-go Tuesday, which will allow for a better look at his status.
The same goes for Mike Green, who did not take part in the optional skate Monday. He left Saturday’s Game 5 after blocking a Matt Gilroy shot with his face. Boudreau’s comment about Green on Monday morning was “He’s fine or he’d be out there.” Asked to clarify, the coach at least spoke as if it’s not much of a concern.
“He was OK,” Boudreau said. “He’s got a bump on his head ‘cause he got hit in the head with a puck.”
Green was at Kettler on Monday and came out to the bench during practice wearing glasses and a hat. The All-Star defenseman said recently the glasses (and contacts) were just because he needed them and not because of the concussion he suffered in February.