September 21, 2019

Washington Capitals place Brooks Laich on waivers

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Washington Capitals have placed Brooks Laich, the team’s longest-tenured player, on waivers.

What this means is that if no team claims him by noon on Sunday, then he will be assigned to Hershey, where $950,000 of his $4.5 million cap hit will be relieved. That would be enough for the team to activate Jay Beagle off of injured reserve.

Laich, 32, was signed to the hefty six-year extension in 2011, before nagging injuries turned the Saskatchewan native from one of the organization’s most reliable forwards into a fourth-liner averaging just a few minutes a game. He was acquired in 2004 via a trade that sent Peter Bondra to Ottawa in the midst of the “fire sale” engineered by then-general manager George McPhee before the 2004-05 lockout.

Assuming he goes unclaimed, Laich would be eligible to return to the team in April for the playoffs, where neither the 23-man roster limit nor the salary cap come into play.

Brooks Laich - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Laich before the 2014 home opener (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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