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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich celebrates his game-winning goal 12 seconds into overtime against the Ottawa Senators in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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** FILE ** New Washington Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter watches action with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21), and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) during the first period of his first game as head coach against the St. Louis Blues, Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2011. (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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Because of assorted ailments to Capitals defensemen, Dennis Wideman (left) has been playing more minutes and forward Brooks Laich has spent time on the blue line. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman celebrates his goal with teammate Brooks Laich against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Capitals Brooks Laich takes a punch to the face from Rangers Dan Giradi after the Caps scored in the first period during game five of the first round playoff series, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Saturday, April 23, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals centers Brooks Laich (21) and Marcus Johansson (90) battle Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (right) for the puck during the third period of the Capitals' 7-1 home victory on Oct. 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich is not a fan of the NHL's concussion protocol. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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The Washington Capitals are counting on Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin to become leaders this season. Do they have what it takes? (Green: Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times), (Backstrom: AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek), (Laich: Associated Press Photographs), (Ovechkin: AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Typically a center, Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich played defense for the entire game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday --- the first time in his career. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Capitals forward Brooks Laich signed to a six-year deal worth $27 million. Left Alex Ovechkin (2021) and center Nicklas Backstrom already are locked up with long-term contracts.

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich signed a six-year, $27 million deal Tuesday to remain with the Capitals. The 28-year-old was set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

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The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin celebrated with Nicklas Backstrom (left) and Brooks Laich after scoring to put Washington up 2-0 against the Rangers on Saturday. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) scuffles with New York Rangers left wing Chris Drury for control of the puck in the first period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Capitals center Brooks Laich fights for the puck near the Rangers' goal during the NHL playoff game at the Verizon Center in Washington on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Mike Green (52), Brooks Laich (21) and Nicklas Backstrom (19), from Sweden, celebrate the game-winning goal by Alexander Semin, top right, from Russia, in the overtime period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series with the New York Rangers, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Brooks Laich (21) during first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

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** FILE ** Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich, right, celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammate Alexander Semin during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

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Washington Capitals' Eric Fehr (16) celebrates his goal with teammate Brooks Laich (21) while Edmonton Oilers' goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35) of Russia and Tom Gilbert (77) react during second period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) celebrates a goal as St. Louis Blues' Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, reacts in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)