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21 Brooks Laich C
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 6/23/1983 | Birthplace: Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada | Team: Washington Capitals | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 253.00
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6:43 AM

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Not Returning Wednesday

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) practiced Tuesday but will not return from injured reserve Wednesday versus the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: While the groin issues that have dogged Brooks Laich in previous seasons now seem to be a thing of the past, the forward has been limited to just six games in 2014-15 thanks to the shoulder ailment. He does appear to be closing in on a return from the setback, however, so with another day or two of practice, he could be a lineup option for the Capitals over the weekend.

11/22/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich A Possibility For Wednesday

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) could possibly rejoin the lineup Wednesday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich's return from injured reserve has hit numerous bumps in the road, but after the forward was able to work out with the team during the past two morning skates, coach Barry Trotz seems to have expressed more optimism about his possible return. The health-challenged Laich has played in just 66 of a possible 150 games (44 percent) over the last two and a quarter seasons.

11/18/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Remains Out Tuesday

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) will not return to the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich was able to participate in the Capitals' morning skate session, giving the forward an "outside chance" at playing Thursday against the Avalanche, according to coach Barry Trotz. The 31-year-old has appeared in just six of the Capitals' 18 games this season.

11/17/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Practices

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) practiced with the team Monday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The center has been struggling to stay in the lineup all season, and has only played one game since Oct. 18. Brooks Laich has an assist through six games, and fantasy owners would be wise to stay away from him until he proves he can stay healthy.

11/14/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Capitals' Laich (Shoulder) Moves To IR

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) was placed on the IR on Friday, although it was retroactive to Nov. 7 so he'll be eligible for reactivation Saturday, Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich wasn't expected to make a return until Tuesday against the Coyotes at the earliest, so there's no update in terms of his actual health. That being said, there's an outside chance that he'll be available Saturday against Blues since he'll likely be activated from IR.

11/13/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Out Until Tuesday At Earliest

News: Coach Barry Trotz acknowledged Thursday that Brooks Laich (shoulder) won't be a lineup consideration until next Tuesday against the Coyotes, at the earliest, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: That effectively rules the perennially-injured Brooks Laich for the next two games, the third and fourth consecutive contests that he'll have missed due to the shoulder ailment. The forward has been able to skate on his own but hasn't rejoined the Capitals for practice just yet. If he's able to do that Monday, Laich would greatly improve his chances of returning to the lineup Tuesday night.

11/13/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Facing Uncertain Return Date

News: Coach Barry Trotz admitted after Wednesday's practice that Brooks Laich's (shoulder) potential return date is "probably a little unclear," Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich has been bothered by his shoulder since Oct. 18, returning from a long absence to play a game last week against Chicago, only for the issue to crop up again. Though the forward was able to skate Wednesday for the second straight day, he's still feeling limited mobility and strength in the collarbone area, which has prevented him from fully practicing. Laich, who had been dogged by groin injuries in previous years, now looks like he might have a recurring upper-body injury to contend with for the rest of the season.

11/12/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Not Practicing Wednesday

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) wasn't on the ice for Wednesday's practice, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Both Brooks Laich and fellow injured forward Tom Wilson were able to take to the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, but the absence of both from practice Wednesday would seem to suggest neither has been cleared for contact just yet. The Capitals won't play their next game until Friday against the Devils, giving Laich another day to potentially practice and state his case for a return to game action.

11/11/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Ruled Out Tuesday

News: Brooks Laich (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich was on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate in a limited capacity, sticking around afterwards for additional conditioning work. Barry Trotz left open the window for Laich to return to action for either or both of the Capitals' back-to-back weekend contests aganist the Devils and Blues, but the forward will probably have to get in a full practice before the team signs off on his return.

11/10/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Not At Practice

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) did not participate in Monday's practice, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: It looked like Brooks Laich was finally healthy again heading into the weekend, but then he was a late scratch Saturday, and it sounds like he's still ailing. He could be healthy for Tuesday's matchup with the Blue Jackets, but it seems unlikely at this point.

11/8/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Out For Saturday

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Brooks Laich was a late scratch Saturday evening, but the good news is that the team is only calling him day-to-day. He has one assist and a minus-1 rating in six games to date.

11/7/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Will Play Friday

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) will return to the lineup Friday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: The Capitals feel that Brooks Laich is ready to play both ends of the team's weekend back-to-back after he turned in a full practice Thursday. Injuries limited Laich to 60 games over the previous two seasons, and the fact that health issues have already cropped up in the early stages of the 2014-15 campaign doesn't seem encouraging. Don't be surprised if he's forced out of further action later on in the season.

11/6/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Expects To Return This Weekend

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) said he's ready to play in both games of the Capitals' weekend back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich centered the Capitals' third line of Jason Chimera and Joel Ward during Thursday's practice, a sign that coach Barry Trotz plans on having him available for Friday's contest with the Blackhawks. The team will probably wait and see how Laich fares during Friday's morning skate before declaring him ready to go, but he appears poised to push Evgeny Kuznetsov to the press box nonetheless.

11/6/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Capitals' Laich Could Return Friday

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Brooks Laich practiced each of the last two days, which gives him a chance to return to action Friday night against the Blackhawks. Head coach Barry Trotz will make a final decision on Laich's status sometime Friday.

11/5/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Shows Progress

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) participated in battle drills during Wednesday's practice, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich entered practice wearing a blue no-contact jersey, but ended up changing garments midway through the session, suggesting he could be on track to return soon. The Capitals appear to be targeting either of their weekend games against the Blackhawks and Hurricanes as a good spot to get Laich back into their lineup. Laich has been out since Oct. 18 with a suspected shoulder injury.

11/4/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Capitals' Laich Hopes To Play This Weekend

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) hopes to return to action this weekend, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: It has taken Brooks Laich more time to recover than was originally expected, but he was able to skate Tuesday, and appears set to return to action either Friday or Saturday.

10/31/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Likely Out Saturday

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) didn't practice Friday and appears unlikely to suit up Saturday versus the Lightning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Barry Trotz previously said that if Brooks Laich wasn't able to practice Friday, he wouldn't be an option for Saturday's game, so it looks like the Caps will prepare to get by without him. With the team completing its weekend back-to-back set on Sunday before playing again Tuesday, the Capitals won't hold their next full practice until Wednesday. Expect Laich to miss the next three games as a result.

10/31/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Possible For Saturday

News: Coach Barry Trotz said Brooks Laich (upper body) could possibly play Saturday against the Lightning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The Capitals planned to place Brooks Laich on injured reserve last week, but ended up reversing course and keeping him on the roster as a scratch for each of the last four games. He's been doing some activity on his own in preparation for a return, but if he's unable to fully practice Friday, it would seem likely that the Capitals rule him out for a fifth straight contest.

10/28/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Capitals' Laich Will Not Return Wednesday

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Red Wings, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich was expected to be available for Wednesday's game, but it appears he needs more time to recover from his setback. Laich's next opportunity to play will come Saturday in Tampa.

10/20/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Place Laich On IR

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) will be placed on IR, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich will not travel with the Caps on their upcoming three-game road trip to western Canada, but is expected to return for their first game back home, Oct. 29 against the Red Wings. Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated from IR to take Laich's spot in the lineup.

10/20/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Misses Practice

News: Brooks Laich (upper body) did not practice Monday, Mike Vogel of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich was injured during Saturday's game and hasn't fully recovered yet. He's been plagued by injuries much of the last two seasons, so it's not a good sign that he only made it five games into 2014-15 before getting banged up. There's no word on the severity of the center's injury at this point, but it's probably safe to consider him day-to-day until more information is released.

10/18/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Suffers Upper-Body Injury Saturday

News: Brooks Laich exited Saturday's game in the third period with what head coach Barry Trotz is calling an "upper body" injury, Adam Vingan of NBC4 Washington reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich did not return to the game and his status for the Capitals' upcoming road trip is uncertain at this time. He has missed much of the last two seasons with a nagging groin injury, so the Capitals will hope this injury is nothing significant. Laich has one assist and five shots in five games this season.

9/26/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Notches Goal, Assist In Friday's Win

News: Brooks Laich had a goal and an assist in the Capitals' 5-4 OT win over the Bruins on Friday night.
Analysis: Plagued by a reoccurring groin injury over the last two seasons, Brooks Laich has been skating well and playing a solid game in his first preseason outings. He appears likely to play on the left wing of the Capitals' second line opposite Troy Brouwer and which ever of the Caps youngsters wins the second-line center job. It's also worth noting that Laich got some time on the team's top line during a few shifts when Alex Ovechkin was moved to the right-wing side. While it's only preseason, and it remains to be seen if Laich can stay healthy for a whole season, he's starting to raise his fantasy value with his production and the increasing likelihood that he will open the season as one of the Capitals' top-six forwards. He may be worth a flier in one of the last rounds of fantasy drafts given the increasing sleeper appeal he's garnering.

8/5/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Caps' Laich Begins Skating During Summer Training

News: Brooks Laich added skating to his offseason training regimen on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Brooks Laich has been hobbled by a reoccurring groin injury sustained during the 2012-2013 NHL lockout. Since, he has tallied only 19 points in 60 games and looked like a shadow of his former self. The 31-year-old had surged in mid-March to fix the issue, and insists the worst is behind him and that he is "completely healthy" and had an "unbelievable summer of training". Given the tendency of groin issues not to get better as players age, fantasy owners would be wise to disbelieve his claims unless or until he can show he has regained his old form. Even so, Laich faces a stern challenge for a scoring line role and power-play time, but the news of ratcheting up the skating portion of his offseason training is a good sign, so monitor his progress as the season unfolds.

6/2/2014

Brooks Laich, C, WAS

Brooks Laich

Capitals' Laich Optimistic About Health

News: Brooks Laich (abdomen) failed a physical at the end of the season but said that he will be healthy for the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, CSN Washington reports.
Analysis: With three years and $13.5 million on his contract, Brooks Laich is a candidate for a compliance buyout, assuming he can pass a physical. It is unclear whether the Capitals want to exercise that option, but Laich should be able to pass a physical at some point, as he said that his post-surgical rehab was completed three weeks ago. The procedure to repair a torn abductor muscle came with a timetable of four-to-six weeks, yet a full 10 weeks have already passed.