The error in logic of the "evaluate the young players" conclusion is that the Caps really don't have any. Johansson and Orlov are the only ones that haven't been playing and they're both hurt at this point.
Mitchell, Schilling, Galiev, Flemming, Sjogren all come to mind.
Has a single beat reporter ever asked McPhee or Ted about the groin injuries? Has the possible connection to crappy ice conditions ever been suggested? The medical staff? It doesn't have to be an accusation: "Have you noticed that other teams have had more success using different procedures to deal with groin injuries?" Etc.
Seriously, has one question ever been raised about it? I'm sure the answer is no. Green has to be traded now, unfortunately.