In a recent interview with Washington Capitals writer Mike Vogel, Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich talked about his recovery from injury and his personal life. He stated how his injury troubles started about two summers ago and when he knew he couldn’t play any more this season. In what could be his last interview as a member of the Washington Capitals, as he could be amnestied, Brooks Laich challenged his teammates.
“I really hope that we as players watch the playoffs, watch how the teams play in the playoffs that win, watch the teams the move on, how tight they play, how defensive they play, how well they play away from the puck, their relentlessness… the team atmosphere, that no one player is different from anybody else…”
I completely agree with Brooks Laich here. I hope that every single Washington Capitals player, from Karl Alzner to Alex Ovechkin to Tom Wilson, is watching the playoffs right now. I hope that they realize what could have been. I hope that they come back hungry next season, not wanting to experience the pain of missing the playoffs. I hope that the players become more accountable for not just their actions, but the actions of their teammates as well. I hope that the Washington Capitals come back next season ready to have fun playing hockey again, but at the same time, ready to take things seriously and do whatever it takes to win.
Brooks Laich said what I wish every Capitals player would say. I hope that each of the Capitals shares his disappointment in not making the playoffs. Hopefully the disappointment of this season serves as a wake up call to the Washington Capitals, and they come back ready to return to the post-season next year. You can find the full video of Brooks Laich’s interview here, or you can watch it below.