"I was in survival mode. The first 20 games, I felt okay," Laich said. "And then after that it was such a nose-dive where I was just trying to survive that day and I'll deal with trying to practice tomorrow or trying to play tomorrow. Honestly, from mid-November on it was a day-by-day kind of year for me and it's impossible to get the work in at practice that you need, get the workouts in off the ice that you need. It's impossible to prepare and to excel at the game."
But his groin issues flared up again early in the season and he had to tell general manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates to shut him down when they saw him hurting the team.