Mike Green skated for roughly an hour at RBC Center Friday morning, which is the longest the defenseman has worked out on the ice since suffering his twisted right ankle on Oct. 22 against the Red Wings.
The two-time Norris Trophy finalist won’t play tonight in Carolina and it’s highly unlikely he’d be ready to go against the Islanders Saturday, but Green said things are slowly improving.
“I feel a little bit better to push a little bit longer. I’m getting better each day, it’s just about strengthening it,” Green said. “Once it’s fully strong I’ll play.”
Back at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Jay Beagle did skate for the first time since suffering a concussion when he was knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham on Oct. 13, a team spokseman confirmed.
While it’s definitely a sign of progress for Beagle, Coach Bruce Boudreau said there’s no timeframe for his return.
“Let’s see how he fares when he’s skating. I don’t have any clue, we’ll see. He hasn’t been at practice, hasn’t taken contact. There's all these process steps that you have to take before he’s allowed to play.”