Mike Green is also back in town after taking part in the NHL's media tour in New York City. In addition to recapping his summer, Green voiced his intent to take on a leadership role this year as the Capitals prepare to rely on a young group of defensemen -- possibly four under the age of 25 -- when the season starts.
"I feel that I'm ready to do that, matured a bit over the years, and finally it's my role and my turn to step up," Green said. "We've got some young guys now who need to step in and play I need to be there for them. I think it's just expected. I'm going to meet here with [Coach] Bruce [Boudreau] here today or tomorrow and I'm sure that will come up and we'll see what he says."
Somehow I doubt anyone will object to Green, who turns 25 shortly after the regular season opens, taking on extra responsibility.
"I really need to step up and it's about that time," Green said. "We feel that it's our time to win this. It's not just one or two guys that need to be leaders; it's everybody. That's including me."
*The players who won't take part in this afternoon's rookie game -- goalies Braden Holtby and Jared DeMichiel along with defensemen Zach Miskovic, Johann Kroll and Dylan Yeo -- are on the ice now.
*I'll have the Capitals' rookie lineup as we get closer to game time. For those of you who won't make it out to KCI, you can watch the game streaming online here.