The Capitals have recalled defenseman Steven Oleksy from AHL Hershey and he is expected to play on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins.
Oleksy, 27, is an enforcer with 151 penalty minutes this season with the Bears in just 55 games. Only three AHL defensemen have more penalty minutes.
Defenseman Mike Green (groin injury) did not participate in practice on Monday, according to reports, and is expected to miss his fifth game out of the last when Washington faces the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at Verizon Center. Oleksy will take part in the morning skate and wear No. 61. Green is a candidate to go on injured reserve. He would join forward Marcus Johansson (upper-body injury) and defenseman Jack Hillen (upper-body injury). Brooks Laich (groin) is on the non-roster list thanks to his injury suffered while playing in Switzerland during the lockout.
Oleksy, 6-foot and 190 pounds, is a right-handed shot. No guarantee he plays on Tuesday against the Bruins. The pairings at practice on Monday were reportedly Karl Alzner and Tomas Kundratek, John Erskine and John Carlson and Tom Poti and Jeff Schultz. Veteran Roman Hamrlik, 38, is also available, but he has appeared in just four games this season and none since Feb. 7 as a healthy scratch.
Oleksy was signed by Hershey on July 2, 2012. He is a Chesterfield, Mich. native and played three seasons at Lake Superior State before finishing his career there in 2008-09. He was with the New York Islanders’ organization last season playing in the AHL with Bridgeport. And he does have two goals and 12 assists with Hersey this season. Oleksy would be making his NHL debut if he did play on Tuesday night.
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