Brooks Laich was worried he'd get traded
During that dreadful losing streak thing, Brooks Laich again served as one of the Caps media spokesmen, defending Bruce Boudreau while acknowledging that changes were inevitable if the losses kept piling up.
Wednesday morning, Laich said he feared he would be one of the changes. I'm not sure if he was joking, but it sure didn't sound like it.
"If you're not winning, the organization is gonna make changes," he said on 106.7 The Fan's Kevin and Rock Show. "Whether it's players being traded, whether it's coaches, something's gonna happen if you continually lose. And so that's where we started to get nervous, because everybody wants to be here, nobody wants to leave, we don't want anybody to leave. And then when you get to seven, eight losses in a row, you start thinking maybe the organization's gonna get moving.
"I wasn't answering my phone. I thought maybe I'm gonna get traded. The phone was ringing after the loss in New York, and the next day I didn't look at my phone. It was beeping, and I was so scared to look at it because I thought I might be getting traded or something. You just never know."
Laich was also asked about the perception -- fueled by the debut episode of HBO's 24/7 -- that the Caps aren't having fun the way they used to. That wasn't a concern of mine -- having been around the Wizards, I've seen how the most hilariously fun-loving locker room can turn into a morgue after a few Ls -- and Laich agreed.
"When you're winning, everything is so much fun," he said. "You're having more fun away from the rink, more guys are gonna be open to fans, do pictures, everything. When you're losing, it just puts a dark cloud over you and you just want to stick to yourself and get out of it. So I haven't seen the show -- I haven't seen one second of the episode -- but if Pittsburgh's guys are jumping around and whatever, having fun, it's because they're on a 12-game winning streak. We [were] on an 8-game losing streak. Our focus is to win a hockey game and get back to the winning ways. And then maybe we'll lighten up."
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