The Washington Times - September 17, 2011, 04:17PM

First day of training camp and already an injury? Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik left the ice before he was set to do a conditioning test with teammates, arising some concern.

But coach Bruce Boudreau said he was just being “overly cautious” as Hamrlik had complained of sore groin muscles.

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“Hs groins were feeling tight, and so I just say, ‘Hey, listen. I don’t want you to do this. Let’s be precautionary. We’ll do the test in a week when you feel better.’ That was it,” Boudreau said, quelling any minor panic. “I wanted to make sure that it’s his first day out with us that he wasn’t trying to be overly brave and do something. Once he said, they’re a little tight, I said, ‘OK, fine, shut it down.’ ”

Hamrlik, 38, is expected to at least start paired with Mike Green. He agreed with the decision not to push it Saturday.

“I wanted to be safe,” he said. “It was a hard practice and I had some tightness in my groin. It was a good move by Bruce.”

Hamrlik himself was signed as something of an injury replacement, as general manager George McPhee noted the Caps needed a defenseman to fill in for Tom Poti. Poti’s groin issues have plagued much of his career and will likely land him on long-term injured reserve.

But Hamrlik’s OK – and he should be able to do the conditioning test next week.

“He’ll practice tomorrow. Everything’s fine,” Boudreau said. “He knows exactly what he’s doing. He didn’t injure himself or anything today.”