Brooks Laich is Back; Ladies, You Can Exhale Now

Brooks Laich

It looks like six more years of high-fives and tire changes are on tap. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

As all of you Brooks Laich fans kept hitting refresh instead of working Tuesday morning, the Capitals announced that the soon to be unrestricted free agent had re-signed with the team to the tune of six years and $27 million.

“There was never a serious consideration to go anywhere else,” Laich said. “The main core of this team is very young and if you can keep that together, you’re looking at a chance to win a championship for potently the next 10 years, rather than just a window of two to three years. That was a great motivator to get me re-signed.”

With an approximate cap hit of $4.5 million, Brooksie is in for a considerable raise from his previous $2.066 million per campaign salary. In fact, the 28 year-old is due to make more in the first season of his new deal than he did over his entire previous contact. Or, in other words, more than Nicklas Backstrom and just $200,000 less than Pavel Freakin’ Datsyuk will make next year. For a forward who tallied just 16 goals in 2010-11, it sure seems like a significant overpayment.

Laich brings more than just goals though. The versatile, two-way forward is a heart and soul player with skill to boot, on a team the often sorely lacks skaters willing to grind it out, explaining why the Capitals most likely overpaid for fear of losing that. What this means, however, is that Washington now has just under nine million in cap space remaining for 2011-12, according to CapGeek.com, with many players left unsigned (RFAs Troy Brouwer, Karl Alzner and Semyon Varlamov; UFAs Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon and Scott Hannan).

Maybe Uncle Ted wasn’t kidding after all when he said “don’t be surprised if you see some trades” on his blog. Unlike his owner, however, Capitals General Manager George McPhee wasn’t about to tip his hand and delivered terse remarks when it came to the cap. “We’re happy with where we are,” he said.

But no matter who in the dressing room come October, Laich is as focused as ever on his ultimate goal: hoisting the Stanley Cup.

“The regular season success has been great but now it’s time to take it to the next level which is the postseason and you have to learn that,” said the Wawota, Saskatchewan native. “It takes time for young players, young teams to learn how to win at that time and that’s obviously the next level for us. You just don’t make rash decisions based on one bad week of hockey.”

“I think this year, there’s got to be a lot more accountability amongst our players and to the coaches,” Laich continued. “You come back with one goal and that’s to win the Stanley Cup, and that’s what you work for all year long.”

  • Pat

    I was really starting to get worried there………… Heard things about the Canucks and Flyers, but now that he’s re-signed, ill be happy with whatever other moves we make this offseason.

  • Dshannon

    My family and I were absolutely jacked when we heard Brooksie was signed for six more years. As far as over paying him is concerned, he  would have been the second most sought after center (after Brad Richards) in free agency.  I truely believe he would have gotten that money somewhere else on Friday when free agency begins (and he would have been signed by some team on Friday).  GMGM, well done! RMNB, you are doing an awesome job of keeping us fans entertained without hockey!  Thanks!

  • Rhino40

    Ceterum censeo recipiat Brooksi contractu
    novum

    (English: “Furthermore, I think Brooksi should receive a new
    contract”).

     

    I’ve been posting this for months….and now it has come
    true.  Yay!

    From Wikipedia.com:

     

    Carthago delenda est” (English:
    “Carthage
    must be destroyed”) or the fuller “Ceterum censeo
    Carthaginem esse delendam
    ” or also “Ceterum
    autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam
    ” (English:
    “Furthermore, I think Carthage must be destroyed”) are Latin political phrases which were popular in
    the Roman
    Republic during the latter years of the Punic Wars
    against Carthage.
    The city was indeed finally razed by the Romans after the Battle of Carthage in 146 BC, and
    its entire remaining population sold into slavery…

     

    “…Although no ancient source gives the phrase exactly as it
    is usually quoted in modern times (either Carthago delenda est
    or the fuller Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam),
    according to several ancient sources the Roman statesman Cato
    the Elder would always end his speeches with some variation of this
    expression even if he had not been discussing Carthage in the speech…”

     

     So
    basically what historians are telling us is that Rome destroyed Carthage
    not because they feared or hated the Carthaginians, but
    because they were so tired of Cato ending every @#%&%# speech
     with this statement that they were
    pretty much ready to do anything just to get him to S*T*F*U.

     

    So maybe this is what happened here.  The irony is that many of the people who have
    bloviated about how the Caps lack grit, work ethic heart and character, are now
    saying that GMGM “overpaid” to a player who has these attributes in spades!  I swear, if we won the Cup some people would
    complain about the parade route. 

    Forget about “Stay Angry”; this year’s team t-shirt should
    say:

    Deserve to WIN