Friday, March 2, 2012

Brooks Laich

Sent: 2/9/12
Received: 3/2/12
Time: 22 Days
Address: c/o Washington Capitals
Item Sent: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, 2011-12 Score
Item Received: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, 2011-12 Score.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

Brooks Laich played in one NHL game for the Ottawa Senators before being shipped to the Capitals as part of a trade-deadline package for Caps legend Peter Bondra in 2004.  Bondra was one of the greatest players in Capitals history, but Laich has been a pretty solid return.  Make no mistake, Laich is not a glamorous player in the mold of highly-skilled teammates Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green.  He's as hard-nosed as they come.  He has benefited from playing with those guys, tallying three 20 goal seasons and two 50 point campaigns.  He's at his best as a third-line checker, but has demonstrated the ability to score when needed.  Laich even put in a few games as a defenseman earlier this season when the Caps' blue line was decimated from injury.  He's not exactly the kind of player you draft for your fantasy hockey team, but he's one of my favorite players in the NHL.  Awesome return!

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