Washington placed Mike Green on the long-term injured list and the defenseman will not be eligible to return to the lineup until Feb. 1 against Florida at the earliest.

Green has missed 31 of Washington’s 41 games this season due to injury. He missed 23-games from Nov. 12 to Jan. 3 with a strained right groin muscle and then on Jan. 7 just two games into his return, Green aggravated his groin against San Jose. He was forced to leave that contest after playing just 7 minutes and 11 seconds.

By placing Green on LTI, which requires a player miss at least 10 games and 24 days before being eligible to return, the defenseman will miss at minimum eight more games this season.

While Green is on LTI, his $5.25 million salary cap hit still counts against the team’s overall cap payroll. Capgeek.com has a good breakdown of this portion of the CBA, which you can find here. To paraphrase, Washington only receives cap relief if it would exceed the salary cap while Green is on LTI. The amount of relief is limited to the amount the team is over the cap, not the total of the player’s salary.

Green being placed on LTI opens up a spot on Washington’s 23-man active roster, which prompted the team to recall forward Cody Eakin from the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

Eakin, 20, will take part in the morning skate at KCI Friday and be available for the Capitals’ game that night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center.