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Laich (groin) out again, expect buyout speculation to grow

Mar 6, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

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Brooks Laich is hurt and unable to play.

Again.

From the Washington Post, ahead of the Capitals’ game tonight in Boston:

Laich aggravated the nagging groin problem that has plagued him over the last two seasons Wednesday night in Philadelphia and, in what isn’t an encouraging sign, the veteran forward did not stay on the road with the team but is on his way back to Washington.

As the end of the season draws closer, expect to hear more chatter about a possible compliance buyout for Laich. Signed through 2016-17 with a cap hit of $4.5 million, the 30-year-old’s contract has become a liability for the club.

One caveat: even if the Caps do want to use their remaining compliance buyout on Laich, there’s always the possibility he’s not healthy enough for them to do so. We’ve seen injuries restrict a team’s ability to buy out players before (see: Martin Havlat in San Jose).

Related: Oates thinks Laich is being ‘hypersensitive’ about groin issues

  1. Ross Hollebon - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    But then it can’t be used on Green’s terrible contract.

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Yeah, but Green’s is over two years sooner.

  2. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I really think Owners and GMs should not be allowed to have compliance buyouts or to bury players in the AHL due to “big contracts”.

    They should be held responsible for the actions they take as well.

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      They can’t do the AHL thing anymore. That got fixed last lockout. The compliance buyouts were a negotiating point during the lockout, a concession the owners extracted from the players because the owners had more leverage. I’m split on whether it’s a good thing or not.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        i like the limited scale of it. it gives the owners the ability to make up for trying to keep up with a front-loading market. they were in a situation where the rich teams were just getting richer, and maybe to sign a player, you had to sign him to something you weren’t that comfortable doing or end up losing a key piece of your team to money (NSH with Weber? his contract may have been smaller had there not been a sheet on him)

        two CBOs was fair. not to mention, the players who got CBO’d aren’t exactly crying in their closets.

        oh, and let’s not forget what that C stands for. compliance. you can’t exactly just lower the cap without giving a way for teams in cap ruts to comply with the new rules.

  3. lowenni - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Ugh. Laich is such a great guy and leader, it sucks to hear this buyout speculation even if it’s possible. I expect there are some teams who would take him on as a veteran leader if the Caps look to trade him this summer instead of just buying him out. Class act, I remember when they were eliminated from a Game 7 a few years ago he pulled over on the side of the road on his way home to help a mom and her child who had to change their tire. Unselfish guy, unselfish player. Hope he heals up.

  4. therealjr - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    He’ll spend at least two years going back and forth between LTIR. Even if he were healthy at the end of the season, he’s not getting bought out by Leonsis. He’s not going to spend the money.

  5. rockthered1286 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Come on now fellas… We all know that Laich’s injury issues are 100% Ovechkin’s fault. Because he wont play D so Laich yelled at him from the bench and the coach scolded him for even speaking to Ovechkin out of turn, causing Laich to jerk in fear and the inevitable injury. What a jerk.

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