Brooks Laich offered no real update on his groin injury Monday, though he’ll go on the road trip to Florida with the Washington Capitals, coach Adam Oates said.
Oates said Monday he wasn’t sure if trainer Greg Smith and general manager George McPhee had given Laich the go-ahead to take contact in practice. “That’d be great” if it came during the trip, Oates said.
But there’s no official timetable.
“You know what, it will be just a blessing to get him back in the lineup,” Oates said.
Oates has done plenty of line juggling through the Caps’ first 12 games, so it’s not clear where Laich will fit in when he makes his season debut.
“In terms of with who, no, because his conditioning will be behind,” Oates said. “So he’ll probably get spot duty and play a little bit with everybody.”
Whenever Laich is able to go, he gives the Caps some options. Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz has called Joel Ward a guy who balances lines; Laich fills that role.
“It’s weird. Obviously when you watch the tape, he’s a very valuable player,” Oates said. “He’s played all positions, he’s played defense for this team just getting a guy that you can put in the lineup is obviously welcomed. I obviously don’t know him as a player but he’s a top six forward who can play a lot of positions.”