Former Capital Brooks Laich Placed on Waivers by Toronto

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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.

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

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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