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McPhee says Laich will be Caps’ second-line center

Jul 8, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

Brooks Laich AP

The Washington Capitals don’t need a new second-line center to replace Mike Ribeiro — they’ve already got one on the roster, according to general manager George McPhee.

And that guy is…Brooks Laich.

(So much for Mikhail Grabovski.)

Injuries limited Laich to just nine regular-season games in 2013, but the 30-year-old has put up good offensive numbers in the past. His best season was 2009-10, when he scored 25 goals and added 34 assists in 78 games.

“You need a good two-way player to play there,” said McPhee, referring to Laich.

Ribeiro, who signed a four-year deal with the Coyotes on Friday, finished 2013 with 49 points — one more than Washington’s top center, Nicklas Backstrom — but it doesn’t sound like McPhee was overly enthralled with Ribeiro’s defensively play.

Not that McPhee wanted to lose him. He told reporters the club made its best offer to Ribeiro, as well as Matt Hendricks (signed with the Preds), at the trade deadline.

  1. canucks30 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    In other words, we’re too cheap to sign Ribiero or bring in an actual centre

    • prosportswashington - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      no they were too far up against the cap to give him the deal he wanted-plus they weren’t happy with the amount of minor penalties he took

    • blackfoot11 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Money was not the issue with Ribby. It was the amount of years. Ribeiro wanted 4 or 5, and the Caps stayed at 2, maybe 3 years. Besides, Laich is a natural centerman.

      • prosportswashington - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        that, too

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        I agree w/Black and Pro. Tough cap space to be in. And besides, Brooks is defiantly qualified for the spot. Plus the Caps have some great prospects, and Mojo (if he goes back to center) and Matty P will be great 3rd and 4th line centers.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Go with that

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      GL**

  3. fivetozeroingame7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Whatever gets the worst organization in hockey through the day, right?

    • devilsarethebest - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Funny coming from a fan of basically the only other team in the division not to make an upgrade to their team. See you outside the playoffs next year.

      • fivetozeroingame7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        sweet burn

      • nj666 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        are we talking the old the division or the new one/

    • therealjr - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Whatever gets the troll living in mom’s basement stirred up, right?

      • fivetozeroingame7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        the “mom’s basement” theme is even lamer than claiming the existence of a league wide conspiracy to keep your team from winning a playoff series

      • therealjr - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        grandma’s basement?

  4. bardown66 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The mike fisher comparison with like is accurate but mike richards?!!?! richards is a quality player who will play for canada in the olympics. Laich will get no such distinction. As a pens fan who was never fond of richards he did captain a team to the finals and then finally win with the kings. Its insulting to compare him and brooks laich.

    • bardown66 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      with laich*, hate iphone correcting

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      For a hens fan, your opinion doesn’t matter. SWEPT

      • bardown66 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        they got swept, but did also make the conference final and have an interesting year. only 3 other teams can say their year was as good or better. Unless your a bruins or hawks fan the comment isnt very relevant either. it would actually be very hypocritical.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Yes, a little hypocritical. But true.

  6. watermelon1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Keep Mike green and John Carlson… But get rid of ribero. MAKES TOTAL SENSE!

    McPhee giving Peter Angelos a run for his money as public enemy #1 in the Maryland area.

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