The Washington Times - April 4, 2011, 12:30PM

When you hear that a player got his “bell rung,” it’s hard not to think the worst – a concussion, out for an extended period of time.

But for Capitals defenseman Tyler Sloan, who had that happen Saturday night, everything appears all right.

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“We’re glad that he’s better and ready to rock,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Sloan practiced with the Caps on Monday morning following a team-wide day off Sunday. He was hurt in the second period of the game against the Sabres on a neutral-zone hit from Cody McCormick.

He didn’t return and wasn’t happy about it at the time. Sloan’s tune changed Monday.

“The way I felt, I just did some things and made sure that we didn’t wanna push it. I really wanted to go back out there, but I gotta keep my health in mind a little bit and doctors are good,” he said. “It was a good decision, because I feel good today.”

Boudreau said the Caps will take seven defensemen on the trip to Toronto – including Sloan, John Erskine and Sean Collins. Erskine said he’s ready to play, and if Sloan is as “ready to rock” as the coach proclaimed, Collins could be a healthy scratch.

Mike Green and Tom Poti will not make the trip, though Boudreau said he’d like to get at least one into one of the season’s final two games – both against the Panthers.