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Laich has procedure to release tight adductor

Mar 17, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

From the Washington Capitals:

We noted this morning that Brooks Laich‘s season could be over in Washington. If the Caps miss the playoffs, this would probably do it, as their last regular-season game is on Apr. 13, a day less than four weeks away.

One fairly big question this all begs: if the Caps wish to use a compliance buyout on Laich’s contract in the summer, will he be healthy enough for them to do it? We’ve seen injuries restrict a team’s ability to buy out players before (see: Martin Havlat in San Jose).

That’s not to say the Caps are definitely planning to do this with Laich, a fan favorite in D.C., but the possibility can’t really be ignored.

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

  1. pr0jecktpat - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I like the guy, but this is just getting ridiculous, time to move on.

  2. lowenni - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    We’ll see if this solves things, my guess is he’s done for the season. I don’t think the Caps will buy him out if he’s healthy because A) he’s a fan favorite and a solid veteran leader which the Caps are short on and B) they’ll probably be hoping this surgery fixes his problems and he’ll be okay for next season. We’ll see, it’s been one and a half rough seasons in what was a healthy and successful career prior to this, I think Laich is taking way too much heat for this. He hasn’t fully recovered clearly, he’s getting older, and he needs some time. He pushes himself really hard and is basically always a game-time decision but this should be it.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I’ll help him with his tight sphincter!

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!?

    • lowenni - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM


    • govtminion - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      There’s not much that tells people “I’m a mindless twit” quite like going into an article and putting up a taunt about a team that has nothing to do with the article.

    • jernster21 - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      A fake blomfeld that is equally annoying as the original.

    • blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM


      That’s very clever pal … however now do us a favor and try to post a comment with my ‘Blomfeld’ handle typed in black … no can do eh ? :) … get a life you pathetic loser !

      *** Any post with a ‘blue’ Blomfeld handle is fake … the real Blomfeld only comes in black ! :) ***

      • jernster21 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        And you type like an illiterate moron. Pretty easy to tell the difference.

      • blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        “And you type like an illiterate moron” …

        Sure, as opposed to actually ‘being’ an illiterate moron like you eh ? Listen Jerk breath, at least I can give my ‘blue-handled’ Blomfeld stalker some credit for his creativity and initiative … heck, there’s even an element of humor to his efforts. Now contrast that with some ‘boring and predictable’ sap like you who comes a ‘dime a dozen’ on blogs like this. Nothing but bland, regurgitated ‘junk speak’ which does nothing but make a visit to the internets almost ‘regrettable’ at times. I’ve been here at PHT for just over two years now and I have ‘many’ electronic friends here … fellow hockey fans who like to share the story and have a laugh together in the process … and unfortunately ‘you’ sir are no friend of mine !

      • blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM


    • babykaby - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:11 AM

      Dumfeld, I bet you would like to help him with that. Was there ever any doubt by anyone?

  4. thesportsjudge - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I THINK, if I recall correctly, he is the guy that helped change someones flat tire after a game 7 in the playoffs a few years ago. I respect the hell out of him for that, and have been a fan of his(though, not the team) ever since.

    • lowenni - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      He was indeed. Class act.

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Yeah it was Laich that changed the tire after they were eliminated from the playoffs.

  5. live4hockey - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Would love to see the Caps but him out, then the Pens sign him on the cheap. Such a class act, and would be a great 3rd/4th line guy.

  6. westof1club - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    No surprise he’s got insight on how to relieve pressure on another man’s sphincter. #blowfellatio

    • babykaby - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:13 AM

      Yep that’s Dumfeld.

  7. therealjr - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    There’s no way he’s playing again this year: the team knows it and more importantly, he knows it. If they really wanted to give it one last go, they would shut him down until Fall of 2015. Then at least maybe they could get something out the last two years on his deal. Maybe.

    Otherwise, he’s going to collect his check on LTIR for the next 3 years and never play again after this contract expires. It’s too bad the NHL doesn’t do something about this for guys such as Pronger and Laich. There needs to be an injury settlement option if the guy can’t play and keeps landing on LTIR. Even if it’s paying 90% of future salary get these guys off the books.

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