Capitals’ center Brooks Laich, who says he’s “100%” after giving everyone a good injury scare on the first day of training camp, lent his first-hand account Thursday to how a knee brace can limit an athlete’s mobility, in relation to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
For five seasons beginning in the fall of 2007, Brooks Laich was there virtually every night for the Capitals, missing just four games. But a right groin that wouldn’t heal limited Washington’s most versatile player to just nine games, none in the gut-wrenching seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
Brooks Laich was in-studio with the Junkies and was asked about the far-fetched possibility of posing in Playgirl Magazine (in light of Steve McCatty). More importantly, he was asked to name his price.
More than a week after Washington was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s expected that many Capitals players have fled the metropolitan confines of D.C. for their hometowns and an offseason of recovery. But not Brooks Laich.
It’s difficult for non-athletes to relate to the physical toll hockey can take on a player’s body, like for instance, the pain inflicted by a puck to the face. Luckily Brooks Laich was able to explain in blunt detail the feeling of being blindsided by someone’s slapshot.
As I was combing through the fourth segment of Thursday’s show, searching for quotes about how great a person Brooks Laich is – which was easy because it’s true – to piece together a nice post promoting his new Twitter account, I heard something I literally replayed 10 times because I couldn’t believe it.
Check out the photos from the 1st Chalk Talk of 2013 at Carmines with Brooks Laich, John Carlson and the Junkies.
The Capitals have played noticeably better as they show progressing signs of adapting to Adam Oates’ system. However, Brooks Laich’s injury has dramatically affected them on the Penalty Kill. He explained to the Junks why it’s taking him so long to return to action.
It almost sounds strange to say, but the Capitals are trending upward for the first time this season after two consecutive wins against a divisional opponent. Injured Brooks Laich told the Junkies Thursday, that winning streak is something the Capitals ‘desperately, desperately needed.’
Dale Hunter won’t be back with the Capitals next season as the players spoke about losing their head coach and where the team will go from here.