Things are not getting any better for Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who has reached Chernobyl levels of being injury prone, to the point of not being worth any of the risk/reward that he currently gives a hockey pool team.
On Monday, it was announced that Green will have to undergo abdominal surgery to help him along with his current recovery from a number of injuries, including a groin injury, which has kept him out for the bulk of the season. Recovery from the surgery is expected to keep Green out of the line-up for another 4-to-6 weeks and even then it is hard to believe that he'll play... until you see it, of course.
Green has been limited to 10 games this season, where he has picked up 3 goals and 3 assists, but missing out on over 30 games in the first half of the season is very counter-productive to your pool team. There is no question that the defenseman is an offensive threat when he is healthy and in the Washington active roster, but he has had such a hard time doing that, it's hardly worth a roster spot to keep him.
Unfortunately, for Leon G., he took the gamble at the beginning of the season and has continued to pay for it, having kept the hope alive for the scoring defenseman all year long. It will be interesting to see what Leon decides to do with Green when the second waiver draft comes along, but with a fairly healthy roster, besides Green, dropping him may be fairly easy.
Leon sits in 15th spot in the standings, 38 points out of the top 10 at the moment.