Capitals not likely to buyout forward Brooks Laich
As free agency lurks around the corner, it looks like Brooks Laich will be staying put with the Capitals. Laich has been a key part of the Caps lineup, but has been sidelined with groin injury the past few seasons. Since being injured during the shortened season, Laich has played 60 games scoring 9 goals and 19 points. Not only has Laich been injured, he also signed a six year, 27 million dollar contract in 2011. Laich still has three years left on his contract, averaging at 4.5 million dollars per year.
All of these numbers could be a reason why the Capitals would release Laich in a few weeks. According to Laich’s agent, Roly Thompson, there haven’t been any talks of a buyout. Regarding Laich, Thompson says,
[Brooks] 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.
While Thompson is suppose to sell Laich’s ability and worth, people in the Caps head office don’t have to. In a recent interview, general manager Brian MacLellan mentioned that the Caps “need” Brooks Laich.
The Capitals will lose there buyout if they don’t use it before training camp starts in September.But it looks like people in the Caps office believe that Laich will be healthy for the 2014-2015 season. They must have faith that Brooks Laich will have a bounce back season or they would have wasted cap space on another injured player.
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