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Shortly before the NHL Trade Deadline last season, the Capitals traded longtime forward Brooks Laich to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a deal to acquire Daniel Winnik and shed Laich’s burdensome salary. Now, Laich could be on his way to the American Hockey League.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Laich was one of two players placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs this morning. The one-time productive forward saw his career take a downward turn after a series of groin injuries and a reduced role. His lack of production coupled with his $4.5 million cap hit makes him an expensive fourth-line forward.
TOT puts Colin Greening, Brooks Laich on waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 9, 2016
For Laich, it’s an unfortunate way to continue his career. A popular player in Washington, Laich hasn’t played in the American Hockey League (assuming he clears) since 2003, when he was a member of the Ottawa Senators organization.
In other news from the waiver wire, Stan Galiev cleared waivers and will be reporting to Hershey.
By Michael Fleetwood