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Caps’ Laich set to resume skating

Aug 4, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

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Brooks Laich is expected to add on-ice workouts to his off-season training program for the first time Monday.

According to Dan Rosen at NHL.com, the Capitals forward, who had surgery in mid-March to release a tight adductor muscle, is now completely healthy following two seasons hampered by groin injuries.

Laich has played in just 60 regular season games over the past two years, scoring nine goals while adding 10 assists to go along with a minus-5 rating. That led to rumors of him being a potential buyout candidate, whispers that were silenced when new Caps GM Brian MacLellan said “we need Brooks Laich,” back in May.

The 31-year-old told Rosen that prior to his latest surgery, every part of his game was affected by the injury.

“You’re just fearful of any sort of acceleration, fearful of any turn, fearful of engaging in any contact because you know there’s an extreme amount of pain coming your way if you do that,” Laich said. “It’s a very difficult way to live. It’s a very difficult way to participate, let alone try to excel at the sport. What I feel is the last two years have been trying to survive that day in order to be on the ice the next day as well. That’s not productive.”

Arguably the team’s most versatile forward, Laich fully expects to be 100 per cent healthy and ready to play once the season begins.

Barry Trotz and the Capitals are hoping Laich can return to the form which forced him to miss just four games between 2007-12.

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

  1. dipthatchip - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    on a team that needs as many character guys it can get, I guess I’m happy that Laich wasn’t bought out. 4.5M is a steap cap hit for someone who floats in and out of the top 6 though…

    • dipthatchip - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      steep* derp. french press on the brain.

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Laich does more skating during the off-season than he does during the actual season. Seriously, look at his last 3 years. It’s truly sad. I feel for him (and the Caps more so).

  3. blomfeld - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    “That’s not productive” eh ? …

    Yeah, well guess what else is ‘not productive’ on this struggling team ? … you’ve got it Pontiac, Mister ME ME ME Ovechkin !!! The bottom line remains that until such time the Capitals rid themselves of Ovechkin & his ‘parasitic’ ways, their suffering will only continue unabated … and that’s a shame :(

    • govtminion - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Yeah, I think you might have mentioned that before.

      Over and over. On every Caps-related article. We get it. Grow up.

      • capsnbohs23 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        amazing how this article has nothing to do with Ovi but here comes Mr Blomfeld, kings fan since 2012

      • govtminion - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        “Wait, there was a team here before ’12? Who the devil is Luc Robitaille?”

  4. bodallasss - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I lived in DC for five years. Many of my friends are loyal caps fans. They have a quality fanbase in DC. Wish I could say the same for their on ice product. I dont mean to bash the caps but it does seem like theres just something missing from this team and I had to put my finger on it, its leadership. If I was trotz first thing on my agenda would be to vacate the captaincy. Someone on this team has to emerge as the leader and I think its pretty obvious to everyone its not Ovi

  5. ludacrish05 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Blomfeld a fan since 2012 was hilarious hahahahhaha

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