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**FILE** Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich rubs his face during a news conference at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Capitals were swept out of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing Game 4 at Tampa on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich rubs his face during a news conference at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Capitals were swept out of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing Game 4 at Tampa on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates with center Brooks Laich (21) after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington’s Brooks Laich has yet to play this season as he recovers from a groin injury. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of the Lightning's 4-3 home win on Jan. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich celebrates his power-play goal in the second period against the Boston Bruins in Boston on Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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andrew harnik/the associated press Capitals center Brooks Laich battles for the puck with Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot during Game 3 of the opening-round playoff series last April. Fill out these last two lines. Fill out these last two lines. Fill out these last two lines. Fill out these last two lines. Fill out these last two lines. Fill out these last two lines. Out to here.

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Capitals center Brooks Laich battles for the puck with Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot during Game 3 of the opening-round playoff series last April. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Brooks Laich won't lead the NHL in scoring, but the versatile center's value to the Washington Capitals can be measured in the six-year, $27 million contract he signed. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of the Lightning's 4-3 home win on Jan. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Captain Alex Ovechkin contemplates the Capitals' second-round defeat while Brooks Laich looks on as streamers fall from the rafters at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Washington has yet to advance as far as the conference finals in the Ovechkin era. (Associated Press)

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Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (left), defenseman John Carlson (middle) and Brooks Laich could only think about what might have been as Marian Gaborik celebrated Brad Richards' tying goal with 7.6 seconds left in regulation in Game 5. The Rangers won 3-2 just 1:35 into the extra session. (Associated Press)

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Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (left), defenseman John Carlson (middle) and Brooks Laich could only think about what might have been as Marian Gaborik celebrated Brad Richards' tying goal with 7.6 seconds left in regulation in Game 5. The Rangers won 3-2 just 1:35 into the extra session. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) and New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, crash into the net during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) and New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, crash into the net as Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, looks on during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Left wing Alex Ovechkin is tied with Brooks Laich for the team lead in postseason scoring with five points, but more is needed from the Capitals' captain. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman (6), left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) (second from left) and center Brooks Laich (21) celebrate an early goal by Caps center Marcus Johansson (not visible) to put the Washington ahead 1-0 as they took on the Boston Bruins in game four of the National Hockey League's first-round playoffs at the Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) and Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) fight for the puck during a faceoff in the first period as the Caps took on the Bruins in game four of the National Hockey League's first-round playoffs at the Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman (6), left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) (second from left) and center Brooks Laich (21) celebrate an early goal by Caps center Marcus Johansson (not visible) to put the Washington ahead 1-0 as they took on the Boston Bruins in game four of the National Hockey League's first-round playoffs at the Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) and Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) fight for the puck during a face off in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game four of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)