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Caps' Brooks Laich: Pressure comes from within

The frustration and anger and despair of Caps fans last April, when Washington lost in the first round of the playoffs to Montreal, pales in comparison to the frustration and anger and despair the Caps are feeling themselves, writes Tracee Hamilton.

The money quote, via -- who else? -- Brooks Laich:

"There's nights when I wake up in the middle of the night, and I can't fall asleep for two hours because I'm still upset about it and it's hard to get that out from inside. The only way to do it is to start playing hockey and to win more hockey games. I think that's the only way to sort of exorcise that demon."

Click here to read the column.

And on a happier note, here's a just-updated Caps training camp photo gallery.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 23, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
Categories:  Brooks Laich  
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Comments

Sounds better than, "We can't worry about five days."

I'd like a follow-up story telling me that George McPhee has sleepless nights as well.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

Dang straight. Where is GMGM's sense of urgency. To hear Ted say that the Cups will come in due time, drives me nuts. There's a salary cap now. Other teams will take our best players. Take your best shot EVERY year. Stop pushing things into next year.

BB's emphasis on team defense is a joke. The hockey establishment has finally convinced BB that you must play team defense to win those 7 game series. I hope it's genuine, but I doubt it. Green, Semin, and Ovi will be playin' fire wagon Hockey in short order

Brooksy, I watched the replay of the
Habs series. Your job is to be Scott Hartnall when there is a hot goalie. Was Hal Gill really that brutal in front that big guys like Knuble and Laich were hanging out at the side of the net ? I bet Scott Hartnall sleeps well at night, because he knows he left it all on the ice. He gave his team a chance to expose Halak for what he was: an average NHL goal tender.

I would not sign Laich until were in the conferece finals. He wants too much money for wimping out in the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | September 23, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Huntsy: We have no clue how much Laich wants. I do statistical analysis for a living, kind of like what the arbitrator does when he decides, and I have pegged Laich at 4 yrs/$3.75M year.

You can find all kinds of second tier forwarda in the 60-70 pt range making that kind of geld. If he can reach 30+50=80 he'll command $4.5-5M believe it or not. I myself think he;ll top out at 70-75 pts.

As for Fehr, I am the one who was leading charge here for him since summer 2009 (along of course with wtf_e_fehr and a former poster JSchon) that Fehr would one day be #1RW. I know some don't like him, but I see his game step up each year. I'm betting he ends up with Knuble type numbers, even better, 300 goals over the next ten years, and we'll see him with a similar deal in two years.

As it is written, so it shall be.

(You've heard the speech, no?)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 23, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Sounds better than, "We can't worry about five days."

I'd like a follow-up story telling me that George McPhee has sleepless nights as well.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 23, 2010 6:06 PM

I don't think you can compare the two comments, because they are really talking about different things.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | September 24, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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