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Brooks Laich’s Capital guarantee: “We’re making the playoffs”

Apr 4, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

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Joe Namath. Mark Messier.

Brooks Laich?

The Washington Capitals forward might not have the resume of those iconic athletes, but that hasn’t stopped him from wading into their territory. On Wednesday, Laich appeared on Washington’s 106.7 The Fan sports radio (with “The Junkies”) and guaranteed the Capitals would make the playoffs.

More, from DC Sports Bog:

Wednesday morning, the Junkies asked Brooks Laich which of those missed chances would smart the worst.

“We’re making the playoffs,” Laich responded. “We’re not talking worst-case scenario. We’re making the playoffs….There’s probably games in October that you wish you had or November or whatever, but over the course of 82 games your team identity is gonna be revealed. And either you are or you aren’t a playoff team. There’s really no gray area.”

Then it was pointed out to Laich that he had just guaranteed a playoff berth. He sort of laughed, but didn’t respond.

The Caps are tied on 88 points with Buffalo but hold eighth spot thanks to a superior win total (40 to 39) and regulation/overtime wins (36 to 32). Ergo, they control their own destiny — win and they’re in.

As for the games they’ll need to win? First, there’s Thursday’s massive tilt against Southeast Division-leading Florida, then the season finale against the Rangers at MSG on Saturday. The Caps are 3-2 against the Panthers this season (of note: Florida needs one point from its final two games to clinch a postseason berth) and 1-2 against the Rangers.

  1. iluvwikileaks - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    That’s tough talk from a team that sucks:)

  2. bergeronforselke - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    File this under “Sh#t he’s supposed to say”

  3. phinfan527 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Don’t care who gets the 8 seed, as long as they destroy the strangers in the 1st round!!

    • cpaulucc - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      obviously you hate the Rangers, but they will destroy the 8 seed, they are were they are because of hard work. And there are thousands of Ranger Fans who agree with me. This is our year

      • baywatchboy - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        I’m not arguing against you, but I know the Caps and their fans felt the same way about Montreal. With that being said, yes, NYR will more than likely win their opening series.

  4. challer9 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    First off, this is the attitude the captain of a hockey team should have. Second, I’m still trying to figure out why this guy isn’t the captain.

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      A-freaking-men. Couldn’t agree more.

  5. baywatchboy - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    He didn’t guarantee it. He simply said they were making the playoffs. There is a difference. He is just being positive that they will win their last 2 games.

  6. jpelle82 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    “over the course of 82 games your team identity is gonna be revealed”. yes, yes it is. so i guess we have 2 more games to find out because there still isnt any sort of identity for the caps right now… unless you call being terribly inconsisent an identity.

  7. jkay1818 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Not that bold of a statement. For one, they are in the playoffs as of now so it isnt like they have to mount some insane comeback. they are playing a florida team who is pretty much awful right now and they will be playing a rangers team who will be sitting most of their players. That won’t be such a tough feat. It’ll be backup goalies and minor leaguers.
    It’s painful that the panthers will be a 3 seed and whoever is 6 (devils) will get to play them. Joe Micheletti was saying last night during the rangers vs flyers game that the devils are only 3 behind the flyers and can catch them. why on earth would the devils want to catch the flyers and play the pens in the first round over pitt? Its a great rivalry, but if i were the flyers id tank the last two and hope the devils win their last two.
    Aside from the 3vs6, the other match ups will be good. Laich isnt so far fetched. vs a bad fla team and playing a rangers team that will be resting.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      i meant over fla..

    • baywatchboy - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      The Rangers may not be resting if they are playing for the President’s Trophy. Not saying they will, but you never know.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        i think they’d rather have guys rested and healthy for a much more impt trophy.

  8. suckitny - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    I hate it when cities win more than one sports championship in a year. May the Rangers get beaten out of the playoffs.

  9. datsyukx13 - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Definitely a better leader then ovi don’t understand why he wears the C. Your best player shouldn’t wear it your best leader should

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