There’s plenty to talk about with Brooks Laich, but whatever minor injury caused him to leave practice Sunday and miss it altogether Monday is not one of them, according the Capitals forward.
“It was nothing,” Laich said Tuesday. “Nothing major. It was very, very minor. It’s not something I really need to spend any time on.”
Where Laich fits into the Caps’ lineup is a bit of a bigger deal. He has been skating almost exclusively at left wing during training camp, and appears to be penciled into the left side of the second line.
Still, coach Bruce Boudreau wants to keep experimenting.
“Brooks is probably the one guy that can move, whatever need you have, whatever injury you have. He played every position for us last year,” Boudreau said. “As it stands right now, we’re still up in the air – whether would it be center or wing with him, and we just want to get him into a couple more games at both positions for him to feel comfortable at either one just to start taking more faceoffs in case it was center that he’s playing.”
With Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson and Jeff Halpern pretty well set as the first, second (pick one for each spot) and fourth-line centers, Laich’s only place down the middle would be on the third line.
But that’s where it seems the competition is still raging between Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren, Chris Bourque and Mathieu Perreault. It seems like the result of that battle could play a role in where Laich goes, at least initially.
“I think Brooks fits in anywhere,” Boudreau said. “I think that would be more of what kind of team do we want to start the season with. And then you find where Brooks could fit in.”