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Laich (upper body) will be placed on IR, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Laich will not travel with the Caps on their upcoming three-game road trip to western Canada, but is expected to return for their first game back home October 29 against the Red Wings. Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated from IR to take Laich's spot in the lineup.

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Laich (upper body) did not practice Monday, Mike Vogel of the team's official site reports.

Laich was injured during Saturday's game, and hasn't fully recovered yet. He's been plagued by injuries much of the last two seasons, so it's not a good sign that he only made it five games into 2014-15 before getting banged up. There's no word on the severity of the center's injury at this point, but it's probably safe to consider him day-to-day until more information is released.

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Laich exited Saturday's game in the third period with what head coach Barry Trotz is calling an "upper body" injury, Adam Vingan of NBC4 Washington reports.

Laich (upper body) did not return to the game and his status for the Capitals' upcoming road trip is uncertain at this time. Laich has missed much of the last two seasons with a nagging groin injury, so the Capitals will hope this injury is nothing significant. Laich as one assist and five shots in five games this season.

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Laich had a goal and an assist in the Capitals' 5-4 OT win over the Bruins on Friday night.

Plagued by a reoccurring groin injury over the last two seasons, Laich has been skating well and playing a solid game in his first preseason outings. He appears likely to play on the left wing of the Capitals' second line opposite Troy Brouwer and which ever of the Caps youngsters wins the second-line center job. It's also worth noting that Laich got some time on the team's top line during a few shifts when Alex Ovechkin was moved to the right-wing side. While it's only preseason, and it remains to be seen if Laich can stay healthy for a whole season, he's starting to raise his fantasy value with his production and the increasing likelihood that he will open the season as one of the Capitals' top-six forwards. He may be worth a flier in one of the last rounds of fantasy drafts given the increasing sleeper appeal he's garnering.

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