The Washington Times - February 6, 2012, 12:01PM

Mike Green was definitely making progress last week. He underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Jan. 17 and was back on the ice.

He skated four days in a row and reported after Day Three to be moving along well.


“Mentally I feel great. I have a progression of the injury,” he said last Thursday. “At least I have an end date where I should be better and that’s comforting. But physically I’m Day Three into being on the ice and today with equipment on. It’s still early. But from the point of the surgery I’m two weeks in and on the right path.”

A day later, coach Dale Hunter said that Green was “getting better.” Off-ice workouts and on-ice workouts are a mix of Green getting back, ideally within the four-to-six-week time frame originally set out.

But on Monday, Green did not skate. It was the third straight day he was not on the ice, a Caps spokesman said. It’s unclear whether this represents a setback, though Hunter said it did not.

“He’s on track,” the Caps’ coach said. “He’s just working out in the gym.”

The All-Star defenseman does not have a return date in mind, but six weeks would put him at about March 1.

“Not yet,” Hunter said. “He’s feeling better every day.”