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Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 11:03 am
 

The Capitals have signed center Brooks Laich to a six-year contract worth $27 million.

There was concern among the Caps faithful that Laich would be on his way out of town, considering he was set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

"It wasn't very stressful at all," said Laich of the negotiating process. "Washington was easily my first choice. I gave my agent instructions that I fully intended to return to Washington and that was my only choice. I wasn't looking to test the market."

Keeping Laich was important to the Capitals. He's a solid, two-way player who contributed 16 goals and 32 assists last season for the Caps after a career-high 25 goals and 59 points the season before.

"He's really important to this team," Capitals GM George McPhee said. "This guy is committed. I think lots of other teams were going after him. This is an important guy for us."

"My intent the whole time was to return," Laich said. "That was the only option. We got to a point where it got very close to the draft and I really wanted to get the deal done so I knew for sure I’d be going back to Washington. You never know (what) could happen at the draft; they could have made trades or gone in another direction. I didn’t want to lose Washington."

It might have taken a couple of days longer, but the only thing anybody is losing is the free-agent market, down one of the better players that would have been available.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:28 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

It's pointless to debate, you can find examples of players on any time that fit your argument of guys being overpaid or underpaid, overvalued, undervalued, etc.   In the end you hope to have the best mix of skill and talent that doesn't break your bank.



Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Dupuis - 17 goals, great penalty killer  - 1.5 million
Laich - 16 goals, heart/soul guy  -  4.5 million

Caps GM got showed up again my pens GM
wow, that's pretty good.  here's one:

Paul Martin - 5th on his team in Shorthanded Time on Ice (10-11 reg season), 2 goals - $5.0 million
Laich - 2nd on his team in Shorthanded Time on Ice (10-11 reg season), 16 goals - $4.5 million

OR

Malkin - once touted as one of the best players in the game, 15 goals - $8.7 million
Laich - heart/soul guy, 16 goals - $4.5 million



I'd make comparisons that were less retarded, but I figure I'd better keep it in a language you'd understand.



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:59 am
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Completely overpaying. 3rd liner and 2nd line speacial teams at best. Shouldn't be making more than 3m.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:06 am
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

good point but in todays game,u sign guys u think have playoff intangibles it seems,when the caps traded for brouwer i thought laich would be gone for sure!i am glad we r keeping what little sandpaper we have!overpaid yes but ALL players r!bieksa scored 6 goals and 16 apples and signed for a whopping 4.6 million?all cause he played great in the nucks playoff run that being said,bolland should make like 25 million per season!lmao.........



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

There's worse guys out there to overpay so I'm not that concerned. all in all i'm glad to see them lock Brooks up as he's one of the core heart soul guys on the team.  He's a 20 goal getter and plays both ways.  The Caps could use a few more guys Laich him.




Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

There is more to it then scoring goals.  People on the Pens boards blast Staal all the time for not scoring like he did as a rookie, but he is so young, phenomenal PK killer, and great at SO goals.  True he is not a top center, yet or will be, but he does sooooooooo much more that his 4mil a year contract is worth it and justified.....yo a point.

Laich is 28 years old, but 4.5mil a year for 6 years is excessive regardless if it is an overall good contract.  Good signing no doubt, but the money will kill the team with the cap hit.  Hopefully he rebounds from an off year, but overall a good signing..........bad contract! 

Dupuis can't score overall like this guy, and I've never been a huge fan, but he took a raise of 100,000 a year for 2 years. Not almost 2mil a year like Laich for a supposed home town discount?!  If you go to capgeek it will tell you his salary.  Amazing site.  He made just over 2mil a year, first year of his new contract he gets 6.5mil and then all years after it is 4mil with one year at 4.5mil.  That's a lot!



Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Dupuis - 17 goals, great penalty killer  - 1.5 million
Laich - 16 goals, heart/soul guy  -  4.5 million

Caps GM got showed up again my pens GM



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Caps sign Laich with six-year, $27 million deal

Buffalo Joe you hit the nail on the head. Hard worker great leader ( I could see him getting the "C"this year) can play on PP or PK can play any forward spot on any line if need be. Pens fans should worry about their own team gotta love how they need to be on caps news. Proud Caps fan hers very happy with the signing


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