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Agent: Laich is ‘glue of’ Capitals, won’t be bought out

Jun 11, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals still have a compliance buyout left, which means they could completely rid themselves of the final three seasons of forward Brooks Laich‘s $4.5 million annual cap hit.

Laich, who has battled through groin problems in recent years and would need to pass a physical in order to be bought out, was only able to score eight goals and 15 points in 51 games in 2013-14. All the same, it looks like Washington plans to stick with him.

“I’ll be honest with you, I have not heard one whisper,” Laich’s agent, Roly Thompson told CSN Washington. “This is not because I represent Brooks, it’s just a general statement:

“He is the glue of the team. He’s the guy in the dressing room that’s the leader and when he’s not there or injured, things tend to not be as cohesive. So, if there is one guy you would not want to let go it would be Brooks.”

Despite Laich’s recent struggles, it would be surprising if Washington did declare its intentions to buy him out at this point. New Capitals GM Brian MacLellan already said in May that they “need” Laich.

The question is if he can stay healthy. Given that the Capitals will forfeit their final compliance buyout if they don’t use it this summer, they better hope he bounces back.

  1. jaguar0413 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    So…are they saying he used to be a horse and now he’s just glue?

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Ha! But seriously he’s getting bought out. Can’t convince me otherwise.

  3. ludacrish05 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Now I officially hate glue

  4. withseidelinn - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    This is exactly the type of tough decision that needs to be made in order for the Caps to get better. I’m not even a fan but this contract is brutal, especially for the next 3 seasons. Get rid of him and allocate those dollars to more pressing needs. For what Laich has been doing the past few years, the Caps could replace him at 50% of the price.

  5. westof1club - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Guy tops out as a marginal 3rd liner on this team. Easily replaced at 1/3 the cost. Him not coming back should be a no brainer.

  6. micklethepickle - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I like Laich a lot, think he is a quality locker room guy, but I can’t argue with anything the other comments say. Even though I can’t stand Green, every once in awhile instead of giving up goals he puts one in; Laich can barely stay on the ice and hasn’t been very effective. Still, he has been a mainstay of this squad in recent years.

  7. tdrusher225 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    It’s a damn shame because Laich is so valuable when he’s healthy. A gutsy player who can fill many different roles and is a true leader. This guy should’ve been wearing the “C” on his chest for a long time instead of Ovechkin. All that being said I have a hard time believing he’s not getting bought out.

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