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Brooks Laich’s season may be over due to groin problems

Mar 17, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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Brooks Laich‘s season might end the way it began: Dealing with groin problems.

Laich is headed to St. Louis to see a groin specialist to examine the injury he’s been dealing with on and off all season. As’s Chuck Gormley shares, it might be enough to end his season.

“We haven’t been given a timetable, but I did here we’d have to make the playoffs [for Laich to return], but not for the rest of the [regular season],” Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates said.

What’s aggravating about the ongoing groin problem for the Caps and Laich is that he had it operated on last season. He’s missed 18 games this season because of it.

As it is, the Capitals are fighting to just make the postseason.

Washington is two points back of both the Blue Jackets and Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. The Jackets hold down third while the Rangers are in the second wild card position. With things being as tight as they are in the East, things fluctuate constantly and the Caps will be on that fence the rest of the way unless they go on a tear.

If they want to see Laich back in the lineup again this season, it sounds like it’ll be playoffs or bust to make it a reality.

Related: Expect Laich buyout speculation to grow

  1. subliminalnoize - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Another player McPhee locked up for multiple years, for a substantial amount of money that is injury prone.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      pretty sure his buyout check is already cut and signed, just needs a date on it

    • lowenni - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      When he was signed to the deal he had never had an injury in his career and had an incredible iron man streak going. This groin issue happened during the lockout and unfortunately has not been able to be solved. At the time it didn’t seem like that bad of a deal, and no one could predict that someone as durable as Laich was at the time would have these issues.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        exactly – cant blame mcphee for that one and 4.5 million avg wasnt that bad for a fairly young player who was emerging as a pretty good 2 way and all around utility type guy. he had put up 20-25 goals consistently in the seasons before the deal had been signed and the injuries started

  2. ovi8hull16 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Bummer for Laich. Such a good two way player. I hoped he would be made our captain instead of Ovi. I love Ovi but I don’t see him as a captain. We need a reliable durable two way player as a captain. Until recently, Laich was all of those. Bummer…

  3. vbcaps - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Pretty sure if he is injured the caps can’t buy him out and this is the last season to use your buyouts ?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      only if he’s on LTIR. see Chris Pronger

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