Former Capitals forward Brooks Laich is set to become a free agent for the first time in six years.
— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) June 28, 2017
Laich spent the entirety of his disjointed 2016-17 season with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, scoring one goal in 27 games as a fourth line forward. Laich, who requested to be moved at the trade deadline, struggled with injuries through much of season, eventually leaving the team to rehab in Los Angeles to be near his fiancee, Julianne Hough.
For the wildly popular former Capital, a return to the NHL is not guaranteed. It’s also not certain if Laich would accept a full-time role in the AHL or a contract overseas this deep into what has been a successful and lucrative career.
But as Laich says, #attitudeiseverything, and what his next opportunity is, is anyone’s guess.
We wish him the best of luck.
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