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Afternoon Line

Players have long memories. One, [NHL owners] want to roll back our contracts, which I don’t care what business you’re in, is going to kick a fire under a lot of people. And the second part of it, which maybe goes overlooked a little bit because of the financial aspect, is that every contract ends with a handshake -- every single contract. Where I come from you honor your handshakes. If you don’t honor your word you have nothing.

If I make a bad deal or sign a bad contract that’s my fault. I accept that and I’m a man and I work through that. That’s something I deal with. I don’t go crying foul or looking for somebody to fix my mistakes. I accept that as a man, that I made a bad decision. Hockey players are pretty honest people and they don’t like it when it’s coming back the other way.

I was raised when you give a man your word and you shake a hand it’s as good as gold. That’s something that I think really upsets the players, that we’re not being treated that way."

-Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals on the players sitting out the whole year.  More from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

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Afternoon Line

“We can’t over complicate things, I think we have to strip our game down to the very basics, start with hard work and start with good defensive hockey.  It’s no secret we’re giving up too many goals, we can’t win when we’re giving up that many goals. When things aren’t going well, strip your game down start with very basic things do the little things right and start to build our game back up and get our identity back.”

-Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals on how to fix the problems the Caps are having.  More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

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Afternoon Line

“I really don’t care about that awareness crap,” [Brooks] Laich said. “To be honest, I’m sick of hearing all this talk about concussions and about the quiet room.

“This is what we love to do. Guys love to play, they love to compete, they want to be on the ice. How do you take that away from someone? We accept that there’s going to be dangers when we play this game. We know that every time we get dressed.

“I don’t know, sometimes it just feels like we’re being babysat a little too much. We’re grown men and we should have a say in what we want to do.”

—Washington’s Brooks Laich, via Chuck Gormley, CSNWashington

*h/t to TSN for pointer

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Working Harder Than Any Other Hockey Player

from Elisabeth Meinecke of On Frozen Blog,

It’s 6:45 am, and the few people in the gym where Brooks Laich trains back in Saskatchewan have been known to throw odd glances at the NHL player being put through the paces by his trainer. Laich has been up since 5:30 am, and he’ll be at the gym from 6:45 till 10:45, working through a conditioning program that takes the “off” out of offseason.

“You kind of get some weird eyes from other people at the gym,” Laich chuckles. “But you do it all with a smile on your face, ‘cause it’s fun. … I can’t fall asleep at night if I feel like I haven’t worked harder than every other hockey player has, because then I feel like they deserve to win more than I do.”

It’s Monday when OFB talks via phone to Laich, and he’s just finished an intense lower body workout and cardio circuit on an exercise bike. Later in the day, he’ll do an hour and 15 minutes of yoga. He’ll keep a similar pace over the next five days – on Tuesday, it will be upper body and then field work at the track, Wednesdays will be swimming and mountain biking in addition to yoga, and Thursday and Friday will repeat the Monday-Tuesday circuit. Saturday will be all-terrain biking.

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Brooks Laich Signs Six Year Contract With Capitals

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Brooks Laich to a six-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have Brooks Laich continue his career as a Washington Capital,” said McPhee. “Brooks has excelled as one of the League’s finer two-way players and is just entering his prime. His combination of size, speed, versatility and leadership makes him a valuable part of our club.”

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Don’t Blame Boudreau

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post,

Before he was apprehended by the authorities, Brooks Laich was spitting fire on Wednesday’s Mike Wise Show, continuing his preseason of molten quotes meant to shame anyone who doesn’t dream constantly of worldly excellence into game shows and a mid-afternoon six pack of pumpkin ale….

And as for the talk that Bruce Boudreau is on the heat seat, you can sort of see where that would come from, because you figure this team has a limited window in which to collect hardware, and you only get so many bites at the apple, and sometimes if it’s not working out you need to hear a different voice in the dressing room, and….

“That’s totally unjust,” Laich said. “Bruce doesn’t play the game. Bruce is the coach, he sets the game plan for us to execute. He’s not the guy that’s out there trying to score a goal or trying to make a pass or trying to make a hit. He does his best. He’s the most prepared guy you’ll ever meet, and I would bet every cent I’ve ever owned on that. You will never lose a hockey game [under Boudreau] because of under-preparation. He cares more about his players and about his team than any other coach in the National Hockey League. You can quote me on that.

“You’ll never find a guy who’s more emotional about hockey, more passionate about it. So any criticism towards him, I’d like to have words with the person that says that, because I think it’s totally unjustified. All the blame should fall on us as players, the people who play the game.”

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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All Brooks Laich

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Q: Are you surprised at all that the Caps haven’t made any significant moves this offseason? On July 3rd, did you look around and wonder what’s going on?

A: It’s out of my control. I don’t worry about it too much. Obviously, I have a vested interest in it. But I didn’t think we were a long ways off last year. It wasn’t like at the trade deadline or after we lost [to Montreal] we were saying, ‘Geez, I wish we would have more of this or more of that.’ That wasn’t the case. I think or team is right on the cusp. I know we’ve said this for a coupe of years, but it takes time to learn how to win. I’m sure the young guys coming up are going to come in a do a fantastic job, and it’s going to push the older guys a little bit more. I’m not worried one ounce about the lack of movement with our team in free agency.”

Q: Did you expect that management would have been more proactive via free agency or trade?

A: I feel like this group has unfinished business, personally. I’m [annoyed] with the way the year ended last year. I thought our team was on the verge last year. Now you add in a year of frustration and disappointment, that should fuel guys even more….

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Badge Of Honor

from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post,

While the newspaper industry remains in trouble, one of its enduring charms is the relative lack of facial injuries requiring multiple stitches suffered by its employees. Unless and until they write something about Urban Meyer’s quarterbacks, I suppose.

Not every industry can make such a claim. The hockey-playing industry, for example. Hence, Brooks Laich sitting out two consecutive games, as his face healed from an unexpected collision with a hockey puck during Tuesday’s practice.

“He’s a young buck; he isn’t cut up too much yet,” the asymmetrically-faced Mike Knuble said while discussing Laich’s new facial geometry. “You don’t have a career in the NHL until you break your face once.”

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Washington Signs Laich

The Washington Capitals have signed forward Brooks Laich to a three-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Laich May Sign Offer Sheet

from Capitals Insider,

I was also told that Laich has been fielding offers from other teams who are interested in possibly signing him to an offer sheet. When I asked if Laich was close to signing a sheet, I was told by the source, “You’re barking up the right tree.”

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