As you may know back on October 9th, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed former long-time Capital Brooks Laich on waivers. Laich cleared, but remained with the team until two days later when the Leafs ultimately made the decision to demote him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
The Toronto Marlies have played two regular season games since then and Laich has dressed for neither. So what gives?
TSN’s Kristen Shilton has the latest update from back on Wednesday:
What's going on with Brooks Laich, who has yet to play AHL game w/ Marlies? The latest: pic.twitter.com/lNSTGdehyM
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 19, 2016
Our best guess is that Laich may not be in love with this situation and is considering all his options.
The Marlies next game is tonight in Rochester. Whether Brooks plays or not, we still wish him the best going forward with his hockey career.
Update: Brooks Laich played Friday night. Laich suited up as the Marlies’ fourth-line center against Rochester, but the early reviews are not good.
Laich was largely unnoticeable after a decent play off of the opening faceoff. He finished the night with one shot on goal, and had no foot speed to keep up with a team of mostly young Buffalo prospects and a few veterans. Worse than that, he rendered Colin Greening and Dmytro Timashov less of a threat on the fourth line.
He is a great person, and has a lot of skill at the game, enough that he could handle preseason action in a depth role. But Freddie Gauthier looked better in the NHL, and he was in the AHL tonight too. So was Byron Froese. It’s a tough thing to have to face, but it looks like it might be over for Laich.
Headline photo by @ChrisTSGphoto
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