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NEW YORK — Brooks Laich took a major step in his rehab from sports hernia surgery by skating with his teammates Wednesday, but the Washington Capitals forward is not close to returning to game action.
“It is playoffs and I do want to play,” Laich said. “I’ve always said if I can help the team I’ll play, but I don’t feel like I’m at that point where I can physically help yet.”
The 29-year-old skated for more than an hour Wednesday but was limited. Laich hasn’t played since aggravating a groin injury April 4 and said he had skated a few times before Wednesday and was “unsure” on a timeline.
“He’s still a little ways away,” coach Adam Oates said. “He’s good enough to skate, just get out there and handle the puck. Obviously you can’t go full speed but get as many touches with the puck as you can.”
It sounded Wednesday like returning during this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers was not likely.
“I had a game in mind for this series that I had sort of circled and I said I wasn’t going to do it before because it creates frustration when you don’t make that timeline,” Laich said. “I did it again and it doesn’t look like I’m going to hit it. I’ve got to stop doing that.”
The general time frame for players returning from this operation is four to six weeks. Defenseman Mike Green came back a month after his sports hernia surgery last season.
“He’s worked hard to get back as quick as he has,” Green said. “He’s still got a ways to go, but it’s good to see him skate.”
“Mentally he’s got to stay in it, stay positive,” Ward said last week. “Him being here for the recovery part I think is better than him being at home on his own. It’s good just to be around the locker room, get treatment here, everything like that.”
Being on the ice with teammates represented more progress.
“To be able to skate and get some work in was very positive,” Laich said.
Laich missed the first 28 games of the regular season with a groin injury before returning to play nine. He has missed the past 14 after aggravating but learned a lesson not to rush back from his previous setback.
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