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Laich goes back on the shelf

Dec 27, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

Brooks Laich Getty Images

Brooks Laich missed 11 games with a groin injury before returning Monday versus Anaheim. And he’ll miss another tonight when his Washington Capitals host the Rangers.

Per CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley, it seems Laich wasn’t feeling so great after the Ducks game. The 30-year-old is sure having a tough start to the 2013-14 season, with just four goals and two assists in 26 games, plus the injury issues.

He’s also got a cap hit of $4.5 million through 2016-17.

“I’m kind of in a holding pattern right now,” Laich said. “On the ice it felt pretty good but we’re looking at possibly doing something today. That’s as much as I can really divulge right now.”

Suffice to say, the Caps are fortunate they ended up signing Mikhail Grabovski, given there was a time in the summer that Laich was slotted in as the second-line center.

  1. dipthatchip - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    4.5M Laich. 6.5M for Green. Forsberg for Erat/Latta.

    what does else does GMGM have to do to prove his ineptitude and be shown the door? Leave an upper decker in Leonsis’ suite’s toilet?

    • jpelle82 - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      in all fairness, he signed that contract a couple days before he was set to be a ufa and he was coming off 3 straight years where he averaged 20 goals and 80 games played. plus the caps thought he was emerging as a premier 3rd line/penalty killing/faceoff wiz/two way center which wouldve certainly garnered serious interest on the free market and he probably wouldve gotten 4.5-5 million from any team out there if they let him go to free agency. then the wheels fell of and here we are…cant blame mcphee though unless you want to look at the length of the contract…. just seems like bad luck for laich

      • dipthatchip - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        the length is horrendous, but agreed. Mainly just venting and to be honest, I can’t even think of a good replacement for McScarf anyway.

        Better get a got dang W tonight though

      • jpelle82 - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        sucks extra hard when its a role player like this, he’s a guy you want to sign and kinda put out of mind as a gm because you know/hope he’s gonna be good for what you need him for. most of the time its the headliners that give you the most grief when it comes to the contracts but when you have a role player thats counted on (and i think he’s a guy that every team needs to have) and he just cant stay on the ice it puts your franchise behind a bit when he’s sitting on a 6 yr deal and aint playing.

  2. westof1club - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    No news here. Guy is a very average hockey player at best, who, like many Caps signees, has been practically stealing $ from the organization. Marginally skilled 3rd liner, has no business on a scoring line. In fact, you can blame ANY Caps coach for placing him on any line lacking production, as his average skill and fragility have continually submarined any attempts to strengthen a top heavy scoring team, especially with that abysmally horrid contract he’s signed to.

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