With Capitals' Erskine, you better back off, ref
JAN 11, 1:19a ET | NESN
Rotowire: Apr 8 / 11:42a ET
News: Erskine (neck) isn't expected to play in the Caps' final two games of the season, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Erskine skated on his own after Wednesday's morning session, but doesn't appear to be in line to take contact with the team before the regular season draws to a close. He didn't play a single game this season after undergoing neck surgery in October, but should be fully healthy for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Erskine will become a free agent this summer.
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 2:43p ET
News: Erskine (neck) resumed skating with the team Tuesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: After being shut down in October following neck surgery, Erskine rejoined the Capitals two weeks ago and is now beginning to progress toward the finish line of his recovery process. The 34-year-old appears to have regained much of the strength that is essential to his hard-checking game, but it seems doubtful he'll be able to make a return to the lineup this season. Instead, Erskine is just looking toward getting himself close to full health before the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Rotowire: Mar 12 / 12:15p ET
News: Erskine (neck) was able to get in a skate Thursday morning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Erskine has been off the ice since undergoing surgery in October to repair a disk in his neck. The defenseman has largely remained at home back in Canada most of this season, and continues to experience pain following the procedure. The fact that he was able to test out his neck during Thursday's session suggests he's noticed some level of improvement, but it still appears highly unlikely that he'll return before the season ends.