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Updated: Caps’ Laich (lower body) leaves ice after 10 minutes

Sep 12, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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No stranger to injuries, it only took 10 minutes for Capitals center Brooks Laich to suffer one during the first on-ice session of this season’s training camp.


Sidelined for all but nine games last season with groin-related issues that required a procedure midway through the season, Laich skated on a line with center Chandler Stephenson and right wing Troy Brouwer before removing himself from the ice.

A team spokesperson said Laich, 30, had suffered a lower-body injury unrelated to the groin problems that plagued him last season.

In July, it sounded like Laich would be the Caps’ second-line center for 2013-14; however, the club signed Mikhail Grabovski in August, giving them more depth at that all-important position.

Grabovski, by the way, wasn’t at camp today; he’s still stuck in Toronto with visa issues.

Update (11:45 a.m. ET):

Update: (12:45 p.m. ET):

From NBC

“The other side of my body, the other thing I went through last year is 100 percent,” Laich said. “I have no inhibition, fear. I have full power, full flexibility, stride everything. I was feeling great as of one week ago at 100 percent and to have this come on — it’s better now I guess than at the start of the season, but we’ll take care of it now and hopefully get over it very quickly and have some exhibition games and practices very soon.”


  1. dipthatchip - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    this is definitely a tough thing to see, esp. 10 minutes into camp. Laich had a question mark over his head entering this season with so much time off as is.

    Thank god GMGM finally made splash over the summer and got Grabo.

    • jpelle82 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      grabovski solved ribiero leaving, still need a 3rd line center if laich cant go.

      • dipthatchip - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        MP85 is a fine 3rd line center IMO. Beagle or Latta could slot in for 4th line. Laich was most likely going to play wing anyway.

      • dipthatchip - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        derp, forgot Latta is a winger

  2. jpelle82 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    ruh -oh. here we go again, hopefully not another nagging injury plagued season. if he’s hurting himself because of soft ice now, doesnt bode well for a season where ice conditions vary from night to night, seems like a lame excuse.

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