Capitals Place Brooks Laich on Waivers

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The Washington Capitals have placed veteran forward Brooks Laich on waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Laich has one year left on a six-year, $27 million contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million. Laich has just seven points in 59 games this season. Laich has been with Washington since 2004.

Laich has until noon tomorrow to clear waivers. What this means is that any team can acquire Laich, assuming they will also pay his existing contract. If Laich clears waivers (no team picks him up) the Caps would free up $950,000 in cap space, and Laich would return to the Capitals organization. It is unlikely anyone will claim Laich, which could possibly re-position him in Hershey by mid-day tomorrow.

As per WaPo, If Laich clears waivers, he does not have to be reassigned to Hershey. Could still stay up here. A reminder: roster limit goes away after trade deadline, but salary cap stays. However, there’s no salary cap in the playoffs, so Laich could be around for playoffs. If Laich clears waivers, he could possibly can play on Sunday, then be sent to AHL later (which is when cap relief would kick in). That could maximize space at deadline.

The Capitals were required to free-up salary cap space in order for Jay Beagle to return to the active roster.  All signs point to Beagle being able to play tomorrow. This would clear the cap room to activate him off Long-term Injured Reserve (LTIR).


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Capitals Place Brooks Laich on Waivers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to hear it. He is a great guy but has not been producing. Good luck Brooks.

  2. RonC says:

    I hope he can be part of the Stanley Cup celebration in June since he has worked so hard for the past decade for the Capitals organization. It would be a sin if he missed the “CUP”.

  3. William Newman says:

    It’s been way too long that they carried him he is a terrible player ?thankyou for finally seeing the light with him .

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