The Washington Times - January 12, 2013, 11:28AM

It took until last month for Capitals defenseman Mike Green to be 100 percent after a groin injury suffered over a year ago. But now he’s feeling good and seeing clearly.

“No more pain; my mobility was good again,” Green said. “And I had that hop in my step that I didn’t have before.”

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That’s positive news for a player who was not the same offensive force even after returning from sports hernia surgery last season.

Green also had Lasik eye surgery Thursday but returned to the ice at the team’s practice facility Saturday. The 27-year-old does not expect any issues resulting from the procedure.

The only issue came Saturday when he almost ran into goaltender Michal Neuvirth during Saturday’s informal skate.

“I didn’t realize he was that close to me,” Green said, smiling. “I apologize though.”

Asked why he got Lasik eye surgery, the defenseman said: For on the ice purposes. I had a blurry puck, so I need to see it clearly. That’s it.”

Green’s groin, though, was a major concern at this time a year ago. He had just aggravated the injury and was heading for surgery, which allowed him to return in February.

He spent much of the NHL lockout working out on the ice, skating with some teammates at the team’s practice facility every so often, too.

It took a while, but now Green is feeling better.

‘I think that the season not starting on time I’ve had a chance to kind of heal from my surgery,” he said. “I’ve been training hard, so I’m ready.”

Even with a compacted, 48-game schedule, Green isn’t concerned about re-injuring his groin.

“I don’t think about it. Just go out and play. I’ve been through this before, as far as injuries, coming off an injury and playing, so I’m mentally prepared,” Green said. “I’m ready to go; I don’t think about stuff like that. I’m just excited to get started here, to be honest.”