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Laich’s status for Caps opener up in the air

Sep 28, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

Brooks Laich AP

Brooks Laich wants to be in the Capitals opening night lineup, it’s just a question of whether his hip will let it happen.

Thanks to a hip flexor problem, Laich has missed plenty of time during Washington’s training camp. As coach Adam Oates tells Katie Carrera of The Washington Post, he’s hoping he can play against Chicago on Tuesday.

“No decision [for Saturday],” Oates said. “One skate, I don’t know. I think Tuesday makes more sense but we’ll see.”

Laich is key to the Capitals’ success and whether he’s playing center or on Mikhail Grabovski‘s left wing, he provides a strong defensive presence as well as some goal scoring abilities. They’ve gone without Laich before in the past, but that’s not an optimal situation for them.

  1. ludacrish05 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Honestly think it’s time to trade this dude… If anyone will take him, he’s made no factor for the team

    • vbcaps - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      i believe he has 4+ years left on his contract…

      Laich is a heart and soul guy and IMO wouldn’t be a bad choice for captain of the capitals

      • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:39 AM

        He is not the heart and soul of the Caps, to say that shows you have no idea what you’re talking about. What exactly has he done that has earned him the right of the captaincy, or even a choice for captain? Has he loaded the team on his back and carried them to the playoffs? I think not. When they have gotten to the playoffs, exactly what has he done to advance them deeper in? Not much. Does he show a lot of enthusiasm out there on the ice every game? Nope. I like the guy, but I just don’t get what he’s done to make so many people want to give him the C, or say he’s the heart and soul.

    • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:20 AM

      I agree. I mean in all reality what has he actually done? I give him credit for being able to play numerous positions, and he practices alot, he’s good with the media, but I just don’t really see him as such a big deal. BTW, I’ve been watching him play for years.

  2. ludacrish05 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    A captain that hasn’t played in in more then 10 games this pass year and some change? Okay..

    • ravenscaps48 - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      When did you start watch Caps hockey, last season? Because you sir have no clue what that gentleman mean’s to that team in that locker room. He’s a great 2 way forward that can play on the PP and PK. He has good hands, underrated passing, and will screen the goalie. Last year was his first major injury. And before that, he played in some ridiculous 200+ consecutive games….. So if we’re gonna trade anybody, maybe it’s YOU for somebody who actually knows what they are talking about!

      • rico004 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        ludachrish05, stick to your day job bud, you obviously don’t know hockey

  3. capsrockva - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    @ludacrish05 You have no f****ing clue about this guy. He’s one of the must respected guys on this team. And just for your knowledge he’s not the Capt. Ovi is although I wouldn’t have chosen Ovi, I would’ve chosen Brooks

    • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      He’s overated and should be traded while he can still play. You guys have been listening to Mike Milberry too much. As you said Ovi is the captain, and has earned that right. Brooks needs to pick up his game, he should be scoring more. If he belongs on the 2nd line then his numbers need to improve. He might be great in the locker room, but so was Hendricks, and MattyP, and Matt Bradley. That list is endless. He needs to produce more on the ice.

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