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New Caps GM thinks ‘we need Brooks Laich’

May 27, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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Hey, remember back in March when we were speculating that Brooks Laich could be bought out by the Washington Capitals?

Yeah, we’re not sure we can speculate about that anymore after what new general manager Brian “George” MacLellan said today.

“I think we need Brooks Laich,” said MacLellan, per CBS’ Sky Kerstein. ‘When Brooks Laich’s in our line-up our team plays better. A healthy Brooks Laich.”

Key word there? Healthy. Because Laich has been anything but.

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That’s Laich’s injury log from the past year and a bit. You’ll note the number of times his groin has been a problem. Heck, just search “Laich groin” on PHT. You won’t find any shortage of posts.

Now, Laich did have surgery in March, and the procedure did leave him feeling “mentally and physically liberated and free to get on with my hockey career and excel in the sport – not just participate.”

So maybe his injury woes are finally behind him. The 30-year-old is signed through 2016-17 with a cap hit of $4.5 million, so the Caps, if they do keep him, better hope so.

Laich, by the way, was on hand for today’s press conference introducing McLellan and new head coach Barry Trotz.

Related: Trotz: ‘I don’t want to take anything away from the Capitals offensively’

  1. ovechcant - May 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    This is going to be a disaster. I don’t see how any STHs can put up with this crap.

  2. ravenscaps48 - May 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    This guy is still the heart of this team (regardless of injuries) Any other players at today’s presser?

  3. gocaps6 - May 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Brooks Laich has had a ton of injuries there is no denying that. His leadership skills and two way play are exactly what this team needs. As long as he is healthy, no question he is an asset.

  4. chizrocker88 - May 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Laich is a good two-way player when he’s healthy, but even when he’s healthy he’s not worth the amount of his contract. Hope the Caps can trade him. If not, amnesty him.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      When he’s healthy he scores 20+ Goals, 30+ Assists, Plays great defensive hockey, and is the best PK man on the team…. that’s not good enough for 4.5 million?

  5. wethog66 - May 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Not sure Laich playing center is in the best interest of the Caps.

  6. stevefromsacto - May 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Wish the Caps had about six more players with his toughness and skill. He ought to be captain.

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