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Brooks Laich | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/23/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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There's a chance that Brooks Laich will skate on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.
Coach Barry Trotz has hinted at using Laich in key situations. The versatile forward feels ready to contribute after being sidelined by groin issues for the past two seasons. If he's healthy then he's capable of posting 40-50 points. Keep an eye on how he performs at training camp. Aug 8 - 10:27 AM

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Brooks Laich feels "completely healthy" following two seasons of groin problems.

He is slated to resume skating on Monday and he's looking forward to getting back to playing without the fear of pain or injury. "Now when I step on the ice I feel completely free as opposed to very limited, like the last two years," he told NHL.com. He underwent surgery in mid-March to release a tight adductor muscle after he appeared in 51 contests. Laich is a versatile forward for the Capitals and coach Barry Trotz wants him at 100 percent going into the year.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 4 - 11:42 AM

Brooks Laich's agent, Roly Thompson, would be surprised if his client gets bought out.

"I'll be honest with you, I have not heard one whisper," Thompson said. "This is not because I represent Brooks, it’s just a general statement: He is the glue of the team." Laich has been sidetracked due to groin issues in recent years and would need to pass a physical in order to be bought out. Because the Capitals still have an unused compliance buyout, they could get his entire $4.5 million annual cap hit if they pursued that option. He had just 15 points in 51 contests in 2013-14.
Jun 11 - 2:45 PM

Brooks Laich is feeling much better and he believes he "will be ready to rock and roll" next season.

Two abdominal surgeries limited him to just 60 of the Capitals' 130 games the past two seasons, but he's optimistic about his chances of staying healthy. Not being able to play has been difficult for veteran forward. "I played through things you've never even heard of or were aware of and that's still there," Laich said. "The [injury] I ran into was a nuclear bomb. Two years of my life was a constant pain every day. To be out of it and to be able to move .. I can go anywhere. For two years I felt like I was in a box." He collected 15 points in 51 games this past campaign.
Jun 2 - 6:52 PM

Brooks Laich (groin) has been placed on long term injured reserve.

Laich underwent surgery on his groin a couple of weeks ago and is gone for the season. He had only eight goals and 15 points in 51 games this season.
Mar 31 - 11:20 AM

Brooks Laich is expected to miss the rest of the season after he had surgery on his groin.

The team announced Monday that Laich "underwent a successful procedure to release a tight adductor" and he's expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Laich skated in just nine games last season because of an ongoing groin problem and that issue continued to hamper him this campaign. He generated eight goals and 15 points in 51 matches.
Mar 17 - 6:20 PM

Brooks Laich (groin) won't travel with the Capitals on their three-game trip through California this week.

He will meet with specialist Michael Brunt in St. Louis again to try to get a better handle on his ongoing groin issue. Coach Adam Oates indicated that Laich may get a "small procedure," which will be similar to one he had last spring.
Mar 17 - 10:53 AM

Brooks Laich will be a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon's game against Toronto.

He was limited to a mere two shifts in the final 15:32 against Vancouver on Friday and he didn't skate on Saturday. Laich is considered day-to-day right now because of his lingering groin injury.
Mar 15 - 2:31 PM

Brooks Laich was "laboring with groin pain" in the third period Friday night.

Laich missed the Capitals' previous game with the lingering issue. He only played two shifts in the final 15:32 of the game because of it. "I asked him to give us everything he had and he did," coach Adam Oates said. "I really, really appreciate what he did for us, but I didn’t want to play him after that."  Washington plays Sunday, so it'll be interesting to see whether he's good enough to suit up.
Mar 15 - 11:01 AM

Brooks Laich played 12:20 on Friday night in his return from a groin issue.

He missed Tuesday's game. Laich continues to deal with a lingering groin problem and it's unlikely he'll be back to 100% this season. He was a minus-one with no shots on goal against Vancouver.
Mar 15 - 2:09 AM

Brooks Laich (groin) will be a game-time decision again on Monday.

He ended up playing on Saturday but he's still not 100 percent from a lingering groin problem. Laich didn't take part in Monday's morning skate. If he's able to play then it's expected to be alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Mar 10 - 4:48 PM

Brooks Laich is in the lineup for the Capitals against the Coyotes.

Laich has been nagged by a groin issue and had missed Thursday's game because of it. He didn't skate in the morning, but he's giving it a go Saturday night. It has not been a good year for Laich, who has 13 points in 48 games this season.
Mar 8 - 7:04 PM

Brooks Laich (groin) didn't skate in the morning, but he's being listed as a game-time decision for Saturday's match against Phoenix.

However, he hasn't skated for three straight days, so it doesn't look like he'll be available to play. "For me it's frustrating because we want him," coach Adam Oates said. "But clearly I feel more sorry for him because he's a frustrated athlete that doesn't want to be in this position and he's trying to give the team everything. It's tough when guys have the injury bug, it hurts everybody." Laich has been bothered by an ongoing groin issue for the last two years.
Mar 8 - 3:18 PM

Brooks Laich (groin) is a possibility for Saturday's contest.

Laich will be re-evaluated Saturday morning before a final determination is made. He missed Thursday's game due to the injury.
Mar 7 - 1:32 PM

Brooks Laich aggravated his nagging groin problem and he won't play Thursday.

He is on his way back to Washington. Laich has been dealing with the issue for the past two seasons. Recently acquired forward Chris Brown will take his place in the lineup against Boston.
Mar 6 - 4:48 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters