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Report: Brooks Laich had sports hernia surgery, second round return possible

Apr 28, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

Brooks Laich AP

If you’ve been curious about what’s up with Capitals forward Brooks Laich, there may finally be an answer.

According to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post, Laich had surgery for a sports hernia earlier this month and could be ready to return to action if the Caps make the second round of the playoffs. Laich has been dealing with a groin injury most of the season and has played in just nine games this year.

The report says Laich met with a St. Louis-based groin specialist on April 9 and that doctor has also performed sports hernia surgeries on Mike Green and Joel Ward as well. Connecting those dots seems to spell things out clearly as to what his ailment is.

Laich’s brief appearance this season saw him score a goal with four assists over his nine games with the Capitals winning six of those contests. If the Caps can advance past the New York Rangers getting him back would provide a huge lift and give their lines more balance.

  1. watermelon1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I don’t imagine him coming back in a month from hernia surgery…

    And why are all the Caps tearing their groins? Can’t handle Maria Kirilenko bring around so often?

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Brooks may be back in the 2nd round but i don’t Laich his odds. ; )

  3. capsrockva - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Just get well Brooks and come back when your 100% healthy. The team needs you healthy not 80% healthy

  4. ravenscaps48 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Take the rest of the season off, Brooks. This team is clicking now and I’m not sure i’d disrupt the lineup. Come back next year 100%

  5. steeltownpride87 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    They should have done the surgury a while ago . Instread of just the wait n see process . If im not mistaken , he isnt getting paid when he isnt playing cause he got hurt during the lockout . Classy organization to take care of its players .

  6. rg3isvictory - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    The irony that steeltownpride would talk about the Caps Class as an organization! Let me know when people stop leaving that stain they call PA and more specifically Pitts-burg and coming to the DMV!!! It’s a guarantee that Verizon has the classier fans!!!

    If he isn’t getting paid due to the injury he suffered while playing in another league, for another team’s paycheck, he is the only one to blame for the clause negotiated in his contract! Do yourself a favor and read Atlas Shrugged or any of the other Ayn Rand books. Learn what it’s like to be responsible for his own actions. I know you guys have become accepting of Whiny players but Brooks isn’t one of those guys so move on!

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