The Capitals made it official Tuesday, recalling defenseman Sean Collins from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. And it might be for more than just insurance.
Mike Green, who missed Monday’s practice with what Bruce Boudreau called “bumps and bruises” but what agent Craig Oster said was a twisted ankle, was out again Tuesday. Officially, the defenseman – who tied a career high with four points Saturday – is “day-to-day.”
“[Green is] going on the trip, and we’re hoping he can skate tomorrow,” Boudreau said.
Oster was optimistic that Green, whose right ankle was taped up Monday, would be able to play Thursday at the Edmonton Oilers. But Collins took drills Tuesday with Jeff Schultz and Roman Hamrlik with Dennis Wideman, possibly signaling the 27-year-old might be in the lineup Thursday.
There’s no assurance of that, though, and it’s possible Green plays in one of the games on the trip. It makes sense to have seven healthy defensemen around no matter what, given that John Erskine has not yet been cleared for contact.
Jay Beagle was the only other player absent from practice Tuesday.