Each team was given two compliance buy-out options last year that they could use. The Capitals used one last year on defenseman Jeff Schultz.
The Capitals still have one of their buy-out options available to them and there are two candidates on the table that could be in the cross-hairs of Brian MacLellan and company.
Defenseman Mike Green is one of the options. Green has one year and $6.083 million remaining on his three-year, $18.25 million deal. With Trotz preaching that defense is the new offense and to win we need to play better defense, I think that there is a better option that Green. That option comes in the form of Brooks Laich. Laich who has three years and $13.5 million remaining on his six-year, $27 million contract seems to be a more viable option, also seeing that he missed more than half of the past two seasons, playing in only 60 games.
Although there is hope for Laich; the Capitals have to have the buy-out completed within 48 hours of the end of the Stanley Cup Finals. Laich must also pass a physical to be eligible for the buy-out. Laich failed a physical at the end of the year and with him just completing the his post surgical rehab a couple of weeks ago, this could work in his favor as well. Laich was a solid player prior to his injury missing only 4 games in a five year span.
“I feel really good,” Laich said, adding that he completed his post-surgical rehab three weeks ago and planned on beginning full offseason workouts today in Saskatchewan. “I’m very, very confident that come the fall I will be ready to rock and roll.”
“I played through things you’ve never even heard of or were aware of and that’s still there,” Laich said of his warrior mentality. “The [injury] I ran into was a nuclear bomb. Two years of my life was a constant pain every day. To be out of it and to be able to move … I can go anywhere. For two years I felt like I was in a box.”
Will the Capitals use their final buy-out option or will they tuck it away? Only time will tell as it will with whether Laich will be ready to go in just a couple of months.