|Assets:||Can put up points in a scoring role, but also displays a keen ability to play well defensively. Is plenty versatile, heady and a solid, dependable teammate. Is effective in front of the net, where he uses his good size. Will always display sound leadership qualities and play through pain.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have high-end scoring prowess at the highest level, so he tends to run a little hot and cold in terms of offensive production. Is continously improving his overall quickness, but he doesn't own game-breaking speed.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile, quality complementary forward with leadership qualities.|
|Canadian Major Junior||Third All-Star Team||2002-03|
|WHL||West First All-Star Team||2002-03|
|5/13/2013||Missed the last 11 regular season and first 7 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|4/06/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/19/2013||Missed 28 games (groin).|
|1/19/2013||Groin, injured reserve.|
|9/28/2012||Signed with the Kloten Flyers (Switzerland).|
|6/28/2011||Re-signed by the Washington Capitals to a six-year contract.|
|4/01/2010||Missed 4 games (cheekbone injury).|
|3/24/2010||Cheekbone injury, day-to-day.|
|7/09/2008||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a three-year contract.|
|7/25/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|7/13/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|4/19/2006||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|12/12/2005||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|12/10/2005||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|12/05/2005||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|12/03/2005||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|10/25/2005||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|9/18/2005||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|9/15/2004||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|4/02/2004||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|4/01/2004||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|3/18/2004||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|3/12/2004||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|2/18/2004||Re-assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|2/18/2004||Acquired from the Ottawa Senators.|
|2/05/2004||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|2/03/2004||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|9/26/2003||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|9/19/2002||Returned to his junior team (Seattle-WHL).|
|2/18/2004||Washington Capitals traded Peter Bondra to the Ottawa Senators for Brooks Laich and a 2nd round selection (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected Chris Durand) in 2005.|
|6/24/2001||Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 6th round (193rd overall) in 2001.|
Brooks Laich (groin) won't return Monday | 05/13/2013 6:05 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) won't play Monday in Game 7 versus the New York Rangers.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactThere was some buzz that he could make his series debut, but coach Adam Oates said that won't be the case. Laich skated in nine just games during the regular season because of his troublesome groin.
Brooks Laich is on a 'wait and see' basis | 05/11/2013 1:23 PM
NewsWashington Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Game 5's win "bought the team a day" when it comes to Brooks Laich's recovery process.
Tom Gulitti on Twitter
ImpactIt sounds like Laich won't be playing in Game 6, but the door's at least slightly open for him to suit up for the team at some point in the postseason. It's hard to imagine him actually appearing in the 2013 playoffs, yet the Capitals seem eager to try.
Laich denies sports hernia surgery report | 05/09/2013 3:03 PM
NewsBrooks Laich said he didn't have sports hernia surgery in April, but he he did undergo a "small procedure that was groin related."
Adam Vingan on Twitter
ImpactHe has been skating but there's no timetable for his return to the lineup. Laich hasn't played in the playoffs yet and he was limited to nine regular-season outings because of a troublesome groin problem.
Brooks Laich skates Wednesday | 05/08/2013 1:56 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) was on the ice Wednesday.
ImpactLaich is recovering from his hernia surgery and might be available by for the second round. That being said, he's not giving himself a firm timetable. "Unsure right now," Laich said. "I've got to get some good practices in first and absorb a little contact. But the team's playing very well right now, so I don't feel the need to rush it and certainly when I get back in I want to stay in." Washington has a 2-1 series lead going into Wednesday's contest.
Brooks Laich (groin) didn't skate Monday | 05/06/2013 1:45 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) didn't skate Monday.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactHe isn't expected to play in Game 3 Monday night, as the Capitals are projected to keep their lines the same. They own a 2-0 lead in the series against the Rangers and Laich, who is getting closer to being able to play, hasn't suited up since April 4 because of a groin injury.
Laich progressing and could play Saturday | 05/04/2013 10:03 AM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) no longer is limping and is nearing a return to the Capitals' lineup.
ImpactHe has been practising with his teammates and particiapted in Friday's full scrimmage on a regular line. Laich was also seen after practice roaming around the arena without any limp whatsever. Consider Laich a game-time decision for Saturday afternoon's matinee.
Caps optimistic that Brooks Laich will return | 04/29/2013 6:01 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) is projected to play at some point during the playoffs, but he hasn't resumed skating yet.
Impact"He's on the way to recovery right now and as soon as he can recover we'll get him in," coach Adam Oates said. "You know how he is, he's trying as hard as he can to get there and we've just got to be careful." Laich has missed 39 games this season with an ongoing groin problem that forced him to undergo sports hernia surgery earlier this month.
Brooks Laich might start skating in 1-2 weeks | 04/27/2013 6:01 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) is probably a week or two away from skating.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactLaich might be available for the second round, or perhaps even late in the first round, if the Capitals make it that far. He has been limited to just nine regular season games.
Brooks Laich isn't traveling with Capitals | 04/20/2013 2:44 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) hasn't been traveling with the Capitals.
ImpactLaich is still out indefinitely with a week remaining in Washington's schedule. Maybe he'll be return at some point during the playoffs, but we'd exercise extreme caution when determining his value in postseason pools.
Brooks Laich won't have surgery, will rehab | 04/16/2013 5:38 PM
NewsBrooks Laich will not have surgery on his groin but won't return until he's 100 percent pain-free.
ImpactLaich will attempt to heal the groin, which has bothered him all season long, through rehab and rest. "We came to the conclusion we want him to be pain-free before he goes on the ice again," coach Adam Oates said Tuesday morning. "So he's working as hard as he can to become pain free. We don't want any setbacks." Laich has played in just nine games this season due to the groin ailment.
Caps still looking into Laich's groin issue | 04/13/2013 5:02 PM
NewsThe Capitals aren't saying much regarding Brooks Laich's groin issue.
ImpactHe visited with a specialist on Tuesday and consulted with another specialist on Thursday. "He's seen a lot of people and we're just trying to figure out any way we can to get him on the ice before we go to other steps," coach Adam Oates said Friday. "He's got a groin problem. They still are having a tough time identifying exactly what it is." GM George McPhee stated, "We know what he issue is," but he declined to comment further. He missed the first 28 games of the season due to groin injury and has been sidelined since April 4 because of another lower-body injury that has aggravated it.
Brooks Laich (groin) will see another doctor | 04/10/2013 2:25 PM
NewsBrooks Laich will meet with another doctor after visiting with groin specialist Michael Brunt.
ImpactCoach Adam Oates declined to comment if surgery was being considered as an option because he hasn't met with the team's medical staff and GM George McPhee. Laich has missed the past three games and started the lockout-shortened season on the sidelines with a groin injury.
Laich (undisclosed) will see a specialist | 04/07/2013 8:16 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (undisclosed) needs to see a specialist.
Impact"We can't quite get a handle on what it is," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "He just doesn't feel good. He's a little sore everywhere, but not necessarily where he was in the groin. That's why he's seeing a specialist that he's been seeing." Laich missed 28 contests due to a groin injury and then played in nine games before he needed to return to the sidelines. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Brooks Laich to return to Caps Tuesday night | 03/19/2013 12:27 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) will make his season debut Tuesday night.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactLaich hasn't played due to a groin injury he suffered during the lockout. While his return could be a big boost to the sagging Caps and their damaged psyche, Laich is unlikely to have a ton of fantasy value in all but the deepest of leagues. He can safely be left on the waiver wire in most formats.
Capitals' Laich, Green skate again Thursday | 03/14/2013 5:11 PM
NewsBrooks Laich and Mike Green skated with the team for a third straight day Thursday.
ImpactThey are both still recovering from lingering groin problems. They also did some extra work with the team's scratches.
Brooks Laich finally gets on ice with Caps | 03/12/2013 2:37 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) skated with the Washington Capitals for the first time Tuesday since Feb. 16.
The Washington Times
Impact"It was a lot of tough days, a lot of long, hard days mentally for myself. I really enjoy playing the game and I really miss being part of the team," Laich said. "And to be able to get this sort of mind vitamin today gives me some more energy and a better attitude and hopefully get me back in the lineup soon." There's still no timetable for Laich, who hasn't played since May 12 of last year.
Brooks Laich still isn't skating | 03/07/2013 2:49 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) hasn't skated with the Washington Capitals in nearly three weeks.
ImpactLaich hasn't played in a Capitals' game since May 12, 2012. However, he was on the ice sporting sneakers instead of skates to engage in some stick work. There's no clear timetable for his return.
Brooks Laich (groin) does off-ice work Weds. | 02/20/2013 4:38 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) didn't skate again on Wednesday, but coach Adam Oates has remained adamant that Laich is doing well in his recovery.
Impact"He's doing off-ice [workouts]," Oates said. "Brooks is fine. He's just been doing a treatment where they want to stay off the ice for a couple of days for strength purposes." Laich still hasn't played yet this season because of a groin injury he sustained during the lockout.
Brooks Laich hasn't skated for three days | 02/19/2013 1:50 PM
NewsWashington Capitals coach Adam Oates says Brooks Laich (groin) hasn't suffered a setback despite not practicing for the past three games.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactLaich, who has yet to play this season, was cleared to begin practicing with contact last week, making it a bit curious that he hasn't been back on the ice since. We'll take Oates at his word for now, but we remain cautious about Laich's recovery. We'll let you know as soon as we hear more.
Brooks Laich (groin) is cleared for contact | 02/13/2013 7:01 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) has received the green light to participate in contact drills at practice.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactHe has been moved along slowly during his recovery, but this is a big step to getting back into the lineup. Laich hasn't played yet this season.
Brooks Laich plans to travel with Capitals | 02/11/2013 1:52 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) will join the Capitals on their upcoming three-game road trip.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactLaich still isn't cleared for contact, but that's expected to happen soon. He hasn't played yet this season, but was in 19 Swiss League games during the lockout.
Brooks Laich (groin) is getting closer | 02/09/2013 2:20 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) is close to being cleared for contact.
Impact"It's coming up soon, I believe," said coach Adam Oates. "Some of our drills have a little bit of body contact and really for him to let loose and bump guys. It's not major hits or anything like that. It's just a slow process." He participated in Washington's morning skate and sat in on special teams meetings Saturday.
Still no timeline for return of Brooks Laich | 02/08/2013 1:50 PM
NewsGM George McPhee said Friday there's still no timeline for Brooks Laich's (groin) return.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactLaich has yet to play this season but has been skating. Coach Adam Oates said Laich is feeling better, but it appears the Caps are being careful with Laich's return. Don't expect him back in the lineup until his groin is 100 percent.
Laich is making progress, still day-to-day | 02/05/2013 2:04 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) was back on the ice Tuesday morning.
Impact"He said he felt a lot better," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "He looks a lot better and it's one of those situations I've got to trust the trainers and doctors. So in terms of evaluation and how soon, I don't know. Sometimes it might linger. Sometimes it might just go to that next level and feel great." Laich has already missed the Capitals first nine games and will probably sit out a 10th on Tuesday.
Brooks Laich (groin) is progressing | 02/03/2013 12:39 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) skated for the third day in a row with his Caps teammates Saturday.
Impact"It's great to have him out here and obviously he's skating a little harder and he's shooting the puck," coach Oates said. "We just got to make sure we don't do something to set him back." However, there is still no timetable available for his return after he suffered a groin injury while playing overseas during the lockout.
Laich (groin) skates with teammates Thursday | 01/31/2013 1:08 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) took part in Thursday's morning skate for the first time.
ImpactHowever, there is still no timetable available for his return after he suffered a groin injury while playing overseas during the lockout.
Brooks Laich (groin) will travel with Caps | 01/28/2013 6:15 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) will travel with the team on their two-game road swing through Ontario, but it's unclear if he will play.
ImpactThe Capitals play in Ottawa on Tuesday and at Toronto on Thursday. Laich is currently listed as a non-roster player, but he can be activated at any time.
Capitals cautious with Brooks Laich (groin) | 01/23/2013 4:14 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) did not skate Wednesday at Washington's optional practice
ImpactCoach Adam Oates is preaching patience with Laich's groin injury. "Making sure that when he comes out it's going to be not too far away," Oates said. "He wants to skate when he can continue to progress and be with us. We're just being very cautious with it."
| 01/19/2013 9:00 PM
NewsBrooks Laich returned to action on Friday January 18.
Brooks Laich unlikely to start season on time | 01/15/2013 7:15 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) skated on his own Wednesday and appears unlikely to start the season on time.
ImpactThe fact that he's skating means the injury is likely minor and the Caps just don't want to rush things. A groin issue is the type of injury that can linger and get worse if not properly rested, so waiting for Laich to be 100 percent is the best option. In the meantime, Wojtek Wolski has been skating in Laich's place on Washington's second line and could make a case with a good first few games for extended minutes even after Laich returns.
Brooks Laich doesn't practice Sunday | 01/13/2013 6:29 PM
NewsBrooks Laich (groin) wasn't on the ice for the first day of training camp.
Impact"He's not quite ready to go," Capitals GM George McPhee said. "We're going to do this right and make sure that he's 100 percent before we get him out there. There are some injuries that you can play through if it's not going to make it worse. But if it's an injury that's going to get worse by playing with it, then we got to be careful." Laich sustained the injury while playing in Switzerland.
Laich: Lockout was a 'punch' to face | 01/11/2013 12:48 PM
NewsBrooks Laich said he was "embarrassed" by the lockout and hopes fans will still show their support.
ImpactLaich believes the Capitals' fanbase has grown to one with more than just bandwagoners, and he doesn't want to see the interest disappear. "I'm honestly really embarrassed by the lockout, like personally embarrassed," Laich said. "I feel terrible about it. I feel like we just punched our sport in the face. And I feel bad for everybody that was affected by it, directly or indirectly."
Report: Laich has an adductor injury | 01/10/2013 1:53 PM
NewsBrooks Laich is dealing with an adductor injury.
ImpactLaich apparently suffered the injury during his time in Switzerland. He was on the ice Thursday, but was primarily skating alone and lasted less than an hour. We might have to wait until the start of training camp before we get a better idea about the severity of the injury.
Brooks Laich will hold off on return to NLA | 01/02/2013 1:59 PM
NewsBrooks Laich won't return to Switzerland until some kind of resolution comes out of the current CBA negotiations.
Impact"Everything is open right now," he said. Laich has spent most of the work stoppage with the Kloten Flyers of Switzerland's National League A, where he has picked up 18 points in 19 outings. Laich believes his time in Europe has helped him prepare for NHL play, but he was reluctant to say if playing overseas will give an advantage to those that chose not to sign with a lockout club.
|Goals||1||at Wpg||Mar 22||1|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:at Phi||last:Mar 31||3|
|Points||1||4 times-last:at Phi||last:Mar 31||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Wpg||Mar 22||7|
|Plus/Minus||3||at Wpg||Mar 22||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||9 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Apr 4||1|
|Power Play Points||1||at Buf||Mar 30||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||9 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Apr 4||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||9 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Apr 4||1|
|Shots||3||at Wpg||Mar 22||7|
|Games||82||4 times-last: 2011-12 (Wsh)|
|Penalty Minutes||46||2010-11 (Wsh)|
|Power Play Goals||12||2009-10 (Wsh)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2006-07 (Wsh)|
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