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Brooks Laich Admits To Having Minor Surgery On Groin

The left wing acknowledged he did have an operation on his groin roughly a month ago, but wanted to clarify the nature of the procedure as he eyes a return.


ARLINGTON – Brooks Laich clarified Thursday that he had a minor groin surgery in April but disputed the notion that it was a sports hernia surgery.

The Capitals’ left wing missed all but nine games this season after injuring his groin while playing in Switzerland during the lockout. He didn’t make his debut until March 19 at Pittsburgh, then missed the final 11 games beginning April 6 against Florida.

Multiple reports indicated in recent days Laich had sports hernia surgery, which addresses inflammation near the hips but not specifically the groin. Though he had declined to speak about the nature of the injury during the past month, he wanted to clarify what he perceived as speculation about his health following practice on Thursday.

“I think that’s five skates in the last week,” Laich said. “I think I did two or three by myself and yesterday and today with the team. I’ve still got a little ways to go, but I’m really encouraged over what I went through yesterday and what I went through today.”

Laich did not offer a timetable on his potential return, saying only that he would be back in the lineup when he believes he’s able to contribute. The Capitals play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Friday at Verizon Center.

A steady contributor on special teams and a top-six forward, Laich had one goal and three assists in his nine regular season games. He had played in every Capitals postseason game over the previous five seasons before missing the first four of this series while recovering from the surgery.

“He said he felt a lot better,” head coach Adam Oates said. “But a lot of times obviously with him, we’re very guarded. A lot of times you have to wait and see how he feels in the morning.”


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