Is Brooks Laich Still a Capital Dot Com

Some questions plague our summer months. We already addressed “who the heck is Alex Semin?” and eventually we’ll get around to “Dear God, what is Ovechkin wearing now?” Today, however, is when we ponder, “What’s going to happen to Brooks Laich?”

An unrestricted free agent as of July 1, Brooks Laich looks as good to GMs across the league as he does to pretty much every girl I meet it seems like. Second (perhaps) only to fellow UFA Brad Richards, BL21 will be a tasty morsel on the open market. He’s a player who makes everyone around him better, he’s a competent two-way forward, he works on both special teams units, he can take face-offs and he might be the most eloquent hockey player you’ll ever hear. Everybody wants him.

We’re worried. Every day we scour the feeds and tweets for an update on Brooksy. Has he signed a contract yet? Are other teams talking about him? We’re spazzing out over here.

So we created a website to track the matter…


Inspired by, which dutifully reminds us that the beloved actor is not dead (as of press time); and, which reminds us that science is cool and has not yet collapsed the space-time continuum, our site lets you know if Brooks Laich is still a Washington Capital player.

We’ll keep the site up to date as best we can — up to and beyond July 1.

When you wake up in the morning, you check there. When you’re playing with your iPhone in the bathroom, you check there. When you’re in the movie theater watching Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, you check there covertly. Bookmark it on your iPad. Bookmark it on your friend’s iPad. Go the Apple Store and bookmark it on EVERY iPad.

As long as you see Brooksy’s smiling face, you’ll know everything is okay.

(And hey, how about a round of applause for Ian, who crafted this lovely and incredibly dorky website? He added the meta tag “heartthrob” without anyone telling him, I swear.)

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    That site is awesome!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Brooksy (or is it Brooksie?) at one of his many Ford dealership signings this last winter. It was near the end of the signing, and literally, me and my friend were the only two people there. I think Brooksy was bored, which made him extra chatty. We ended up talking uninterrupted for like 5 whole minutes! Which is (and was) pretty amazing! He seems like a totally stand-up guy – I hope the Caps do whatever they need to (except trading #28!) to keep him around for a few more years.

  • Amy

    SEE…This is why I love you guys!! Just when I start to think I’m alone in my paranoia over Brooks and July 1st, here you are! I hope that on his B-day, (June 23rd, by the way) Brooks gives us ladies of DC the gift of a signed contract …and a reason to cross our fingers when we get a flat tire.

    ps. site is full of win, great job Ian!

  • Diana

    Haha, Amy beat me to the birthday present suggestion. I knew I loved Brooksie and the men of RMNB. Thank you for this. Fingers crossed, eyes squeezed tightly shut, come on Brooks, keep Rocking the Red!!

  • You all have once again encapsulated my very thoughts and feelings. Its like you are in my head. Which is ridiculous, I know.

  • Rhino40

    I had the pleasure of meeting Brooksy (or is it Brooksie?) at one of his many Ford dealership signings this last winter.

    IMHO, the best nickname for #21–who I hope skates for the Caps until he can skate no more–would be to steal a page from the Habs’ traditions and call him “Le Brooksi“.

    ’nuff said!

  • Devin Shannon

    My family and I had the pleasure of eating lunch next to Brooksie and his girlfriend at a local resturant. He was very nice to us. He didn’t seemed bothered at all when my kids were talking to him. Of course, there is the changing of the tire after the game 7 loss to the Habs. He is a class act. I hope George finds cap room to keep him.

  • Dawn

    Good to hear I’m not the only one having periodic panic attacks about this. I thought he was our hidden gem. Now so many other team pundits/fans are talking him up. Stop it! He’s ours!