The longest tenured athlete in Washington has just been waived. Announced by Bob McKenzie, Caps forward Brooks Laich has been placed on waivers.
Laich (WSH), Porter (MIN), Talbot (BOS) on waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2016
Laich’s contract ($4.5m against the salary cap) is the primary obstacle in Brian MacLellan’s path to making trade deadline improvements. If Laich could not be traded, this is the next best option.
Thursday night, Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour made a pit stop at Verizon Center, where she performed in front of what the Washington Post described a “giddy” and “overwhelmingly female audience.” Also there: Capitals forwards Brooks Laich and TJ Oshie.
Laich, who was accompanied by his fiancee Julianne Hough, and Oshie, who was joined by his wife Lauren, met Underwood (wife of Predators center Mike Fisher) backstage after the show. Hough published a photo of the meeting Friday.
Brooks Laich has a penchant for being generous after losses. Back in 2010, Laich changed a flat tire for two Caps fans who were stranded on the side of the road. He did this despite a devastating game seven loss to the Canadiens, which ended the Caps’ President Trophy-winning season early.
Wednesday night following another loss to the Habs, Laich and his fiancée Julianne Hough stopped by Don Tito, a popular establishment in Clarendon among Caps players. The couple was served by Rian Hannah Hopcroft.
Photo: Monumental Network
As I touched on in the Sunday Snapshot, Brooks Laich is ice cold in 2015-16. With just one goal and five assists in 53 games, Laich’s $4.5-million cap hit becomes even more disastrous than it already was.
“I don’t think he is much of a hockey player anymore unfortunately,” one RMNB commenter said. Others, whom I will not excerpt here, were far less diplomatic.
While there is no plausible justification for his contract, which was authored by former GM George McPhee, I’d argue that Laich’s current season has been a solid one, his god-awful scoring luck excepted.
What follows is my hot-take defense of Brooks Laich’s 2015-16. Bring your pitchforks.
Yesterday, we posted a video from Julianne Hough that showed her fiancé, Capitals forward Brooks Laich, singing an elaborate greeting. “Hello, beautiful,” Laich sang. “Good morning, good morning, my love. Good morning, my girl. Good morning, my fiancée. Good morning, beautiful.”
“If that doesn’t put a smile on your face…,” Hough captioned the video, with a heart-eyes emoji. Oh, it did, Julianne. It definitely did. And apparently, it gave a smile and then some for one our our more technology-savvy RMNB readers.
The youngest Caps player is not so young anymore. Andre Burakovsky turns 21 today, and even though he still has to wait another four years to rent a car, he can now drink legally in the States, which is really all that matters to a 21-year-old guy, right?
But wait! Isn’t Burkie Swedish? Didn’t he celebrate his most important birthday three years ago when he could legally purchase alcohol in Sweden? Is this basically his 18th birthday all over again? Why, yes, it is. He’s even retained the look of an 18 year old just for the authenticity of it all.
For most of the past 12 years, Brooks Laich has been the number one heart throb of the Washington Capitals. In October 2013, Vanity Fair named the handsome hunk one of the best-dressed players in the league. Many of my friends, who I will not name, openly told me about how someday they wished to be Mrs. Brooks Laich.
Well today, I am here to show you what that reality would be like, courtesy of Laich’s movie-star fiancée Julianne Hough.
With the Caps back from the all-star break, a third of the roster went on team-building event on Wednesday. Justin Williams, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Philipp Grubauer, Brooks Laich, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, and Nicklas Backstrom braved a torrential downpour to take a private tour of The White House.
I’d give you more details, but the Caps didn’t share any. That’s okay; we’ve got social media.
Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Want to get the VIP treatment from the Washington Capitals? It’s easy. All you have to do is be from outside North America, have your weekend plans to attend Caps game cancelled by a historic blizzard, then randomly bump into Brooks Laich at the White House. Got it?
As unbelievable as that may sound, it’s exactly what happened to a German Caps fan named Daniel, who was in town to see the Caps take on the Ducks and Penguins but had to implement plan B when the NHL postponed the games on account of the snow.
NHL.com’s Katie Brown has the deets from Kettler this morning:
Over the last two days, the DC Blizzard dropped two feet of snow in the district and three feet in surrounding areas. The snow forced the cancellation of both Caps’ home games this weekend including tilts against the Ducks and Penguins. That leaves the Caps in a really weird stretch, where they’ll only play one game in 14 days.
Without hockey, the players spent time with their families and messing around on social media. I went ahead and documented it all.
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