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Laich added skating to his offseason training regimen on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.

Laich has been hobbled by a reoccurring groin injury sustained during the 2012-2013 NHL lockout. Since, he has tallied only 19 points in 60 games and looked like a shadow of his former self. The 31-year-old had surged in mid-March to fix the issue, and insists the worst is behind him and that he is "completely healthy" and had an "unbelievable summer of training". Given the tendency of groin issues not to get better as players age, fantasy owners would be wise to disbelieve his claims unless or until he can show he has regained his old form. Even so, Laich faces a stern challenge for a scoring line role and power-play time, but the news of ratcheting up the skating portion of his offseason training is a good sign, so monitor his progress as the season unfolds.

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Brooks Laich's agent, Roly Thompson, would be surprised if his client gets bought out.

"I'll be honest with you, I have not heard one whisper," Thompson said. "This is not because I represent Brooks, it's just a general statement: He is the glue of the team." Laich has been sidetracked due to groin issues in recent years and would need to pass a physical in order to be bought out. Because the Capitals still have an unused compliance buyout, they could get his entire $4.5 million annual cap hit if they pursued that option. He had just 15 points in 51 contests in 2013-14.

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Brooks Laich is feeling much better and he believes he "will be ready to rock and roll" next season.

Two abdominal surgeries limited him to just 60 of the Capitals' 130 games the past two seasons, but he's optimistic about his chances of staying healthy. Not being able to play has been difficult for veteran forward. "I played through things you've never even heard of or were aware of and that's still there," Laich said. "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." He collected 15 points in 51 games this past campaign.

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Brooks Laich (groin) has been placed on long term injured reserve.

Laich underwent surgery on his groin a couple of weeks ago and is gone for the season. He had only eight goals and 15 points in 51 games this season.

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Brooks Laich is expected to miss the rest of the season after he had surgery on his groin.

The team announced Monday that Laich "underwent a successful procedure to release a tight adductor" and he's expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Laich skated in just nine games last season because of an ongoing groin problem and that issue continued to hamper him this campaign. He generated eight goals and 15 points in 51 matches.

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Brooks Laich (groin) won't travel with the Capitals on their three-game trip through California this week.

He will meet with specialist Michael Brunt in St. Louis again to try to get a better handle on his ongoing groin issue. Coach Adam Oates indicated that Laich may get a "small procedure," which will be similar to one he had last spring.

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Brooks Laich will be a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon's game against Toronto.

He was limited to a mere two shifts in the final 15:32 against Vancouver on Friday and he didn't skate on Saturday. Laich is considered day-to-day right now because of his lingering groin injury.

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Brooks Laich was "laboring with groin pain" in the third period Friday night.

Laich missed the Capitals' previous game with the lingering issue. He only played two shifts in the final 15:32 of the game because of it. "I asked him to give us everything he had and he did," coach Adam Oates said. "I really, really appreciate what he did for us, but I didn't want to play him after that." ÿWashington plays Sunday, so it'll be interesting to see whether he's good enough to suit up.

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Brooks Laich returned to action on Friday March 14.

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Brooks Laich (groin) will be a game-time decision again on Monday.

He ended up playing on Saturday but he's still not 100 percent from a lingering groin problem. Laich didn't take part in Monday's morning skate. If he's able to play then it's expected to be alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.