Laich is not a player that the Capitals depend on heavily for points, but when he is producing offensively the team benefits. He is shaping up to be a good two way player and no one doubts Laich's passion to win. However, his ultra competitiveness demeanor is sometimes a down point. Even Bruce Boudreau admits that Laich can wear himself down through the course of a game.
Washington acquired Laich from Ottawa for Peter Bondra in the big sell off before the lockout in 2005. The Capitals definitely need more characters like Brooks Laich. It should not be a surprise that McPhee signs the talented forward to a long term contract. But that has yet to come to fruition.
Reasons to keep:
Laich does provide consistency on a team that is often emotional and inconsistent. He holds a second line position and a third line position. He is coachable and brings a competitive attitude to the locker room. When he makes the score sheet there is a good chance it leads to a Capital win.
He is a versatile player that can be thrown on the ice in various situations. He has proven he can cover on defense when he has to and doesn't mind switching wing position or centering a line.
Plus he will win you a few PR awards for being a good guy and changing flat tires on the 14th Street bridge. He is well liked in the locker room and respected by his piers.
Reasons to dump:
Brooks Laich came off a career year but did not produce to the same level this year. His potential might have plateaued leaving him to only being a 10 to 15 goal a season player. He also needs to even out his emotions during a game and work towards a positive frame of mind during games instead of over working to make something happen. Practicing patience might be a hard lesson for him to learn.
He might ask for more than what the market would pay for him to stay a Capital and usually that ends with him testing free agency on July 1.