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Brooks Laich is making sure everyone is on the same page

Apr 29, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

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Brooks Laich is a popular guy in Washington for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest things that makes him a virtual folk hero is how he leads by example for the Capitals.’s Chuck Gormley finds out from Laich the Capitals’ effort in Game 1 just didn’t cut it and he’s not about to stand idly by and allow it to stay like that.

“It’s an intense time of year and we’re here to win,” Laich said. “It takes so much to win and every little thing matters. If there are things I think we can be doing better I’m going to find a way to get the most out of our guys. It’s something we’ll address in the room and I don’t really care to share much more than that.”

If you’re looking for perhaps one example of a guy not being intense enough, perhaps Alexander Semin is it. Semin was demoted to the fourth line during today’s practice and should he stay there for Game 2, that’s sending a harsh message at a time of the year when everyone has to be locked in. Semin and others who struggled might want to avoid making eye contact with Laich until tomorrow.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    You’d think the captain would be the guy in charge of that kind of stuff. I’m reading some locker room drama between the lines here.

    • rg3isvictory - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      No locker room drama b/c OVI is concerned about being the star while Laich is a natural Born Leader.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Why my favorite player (BL21) is not the Captain of this team? I have NO IDEA!

  3. slamminbeers - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Brooks should be the captain. I say this every year. He’s the voice of the team and clearly the most dedicated. The locker room drama has got to go.

  4. capsfan19 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Yea as a huge caps fan i totally agree with this. I think ovi’s lead by example garbage isnt quite working….

  5. grimlock410 - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    You guys couldn’t be more wrong “BL21” is an actor in the worst way. He’s way more like Chris Cooley or Mike Green than the quiet strong leader show he puts on. He loves the spot light he loves being on the sports junkies and doing latisys commercials. I think he alienates his teammates especially the russian guys with his holyer than thow act. And now Alzner is riding his coattail making comments about other peoples ice time. This isn’t leading this is divisive. Im sure I’ll get killed for this but I really think the players on my favorite team just plain do not like each other.

    • rg3isvictory - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      In fairness it’s not like OVI has proven himself as the leader of the team. He was gifted the ‘C’ in hopes he’ d become the leader maybe in hopes of keeping him up there with Syd. He didn’t call Gabby a fat f*ck like OVI or lead Gabby out the door like OVI. OVI is the coolest guy in the room as long as Ted would rather be his BFF instead of his boss! Laich, Hendricks, Beagle & Knubble are the leaders of the team both on the ice and off. OVI is only the exciting star with all the ability to be great!

      • grimlock410 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        I don’t really disagree with you on Laich but being the leader and being a good leader are two different things. And I think the reason they gave OV the c was in hopes that Laich and the other canadians would rally around him because theres no way 8 and Sasha minor are following the canadians anywhere.

      • rg3isvictory - May 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        That was true two years ago but the Caps have seen the light!!!

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