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.


“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.