by Chris 'Blue Shorts' Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Brooks Laich fielded questions from Capitals fans in his weekly appearance on the Junkies on Wednesday.

One question in particular, regarding how he would define the word ‘talent’ — with regard to the Capitals team, which has had an abundance of talent, in the traditional sense of the word, but hasn’t resulted in much playoff success — yielded a particularly intriguing response from Laich.

With 15 games remaining in their rapidly deteriorating 2013-14 season, after dropping two straight division rival Pittsburgh, the Capitals face the very real possibility of missing the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons.

The question posed to Brooks was delivered as follows: “How could a team with this much talent be in this position?”

“Well, not enough wins,” Laich initially offered, but with further prodding, continued to elaborate.

“The talent topic or debate is a really interesting one to me, because I’ve played with guys – guys that are no longer here — guys that are supposed to be deemed exceptionally talented players,” he said.. “My definition, where I was raised, and what I grew up knowing, my definition of talent is the ability to win.”

Consider Laich’s interest to have been piqued by the question.

“Some people define ‘talent’ as ‘Oh, look at his stick-handling skills, and looks at this, this is so amazing,’” Laich continued. “But at the end of the day, if you lose 3-1, what does that talent do for you?

“So my definition of ‘talent’ is the ability to win, and we just haven’t found the streak this year. We haven’t gone on the run, we haven’t found our confidence where we just roll over everybody. We haven’t made it click. For whatever reason, this year it hasn’t happened.

“Hopefully it’s coming still,” Laich said. “We’re not out of the playoff race yet, hopefully it’s still coming, but the topic of talent – for the guy who tweeted that in – I’m always curious of people, what they describe ‘talent’ as.”

Listen to the full interview in the audio clip above.


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