Capitals GM George McPhee said Wednesday that injured defenseman Mike Green would join the team in Colorado for Saturday's game, but there is no timetable for his return to the lineup. McPhee also added that Green, who has been sidelined since Nov. 11 with a groin injury, will not need surgery.
"No, they ruled that out," McPhee said, according to CSNWashington.com. "It's not worse than we already knew and he has been making progress. We're just trying to expedite things. We'll know more based on the treatments he's getting."
The Capitals on Monday said Green left the team to see a specialist. While it was assumed he was going to see someone about his groin injury, according to CSNWashington.com, McPhee said that is "not necessarily" the case.
Green has missed the past 15 games and has not been on the ice since Dec. 8, when he left the practice rink slamming his stick. McPhee said his Green's recovery "plateaued," which led the team to seek a new method of rehab, according to the Washington Post.
"We just sent him to see somebody that might be able to help, we're not sure (if it will)," McPhee said, according to the Post. "Hopefully when he joins the club on the road he'll be skating with the club -- getting closer. He was progressing then sort of plateaued. We thought we would try something else. Don't know if it will make a difference but we'll know more in a couple of days."