The Washington Times - July 14, 2011, 10:58AM

At least a couple times this offseason, Capitals general manager George McPhee has talked about being OK with the salary cap because Tom Poti and others might not be ready to start the season.

“We have some other players that we’re not sure when exactly they’ll be able to start,” McPhee said July 1.

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McPhee hasn’t been eager to discuss which players that might be beyond Poti (groin), but Craig Oster, agent for Mike Green and  Troy Brouwer, said one of his clients could be a candidate.

Brouwer, who had shoulder surgery in May, told The Washington Times he’s set to be back for training camp, but Oster said that his client was “hoping” for that but couldn’t say definitely he’d be ready.

Green on the other hand seems OK to go after suffering a hip flexor in Game 3 of the Lightning series.

“He’s feeling fine,” Oster told The Times. “His training is underway and he’s expected to be ready to start the season.”

The Caps were banged up in the playoffs and speculating time frames for recovery wouldn’t be fair. At the time, the team revealed injuries to John Carlson (hip pointer) and Alex Ovechkin (undisclosed). Nicklas Backstrom also said he re-injured his hand.