Friday September 12th, 2014

Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich is healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, saying he feels like he's "five years old again," Laich told the Washington Post.

Laich, 31, played in just 60 games the past two seasons. His 2013 season was limited to nine games, and he had abdominal surgery in April 2013. He had groin surgery this past March.

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“It’s so much fun,” Laich said. “Honestly, I come in with a monster smile every morning. Something you really realize is when you go through a little bit of health problems and the game gets taken from you a bit, you realize how important it is to you, how much fun you have playing.”

Laich had 16 goals and 25 assists in 82 games in 2012. He's entering his 11th season with the Capitals.

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