Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich found a silver lining in last season’s failure to make the NHL playoffs. At least in doing so, the franchise woke up to the reality of its own place in the league. Now everyone involved, along with the new hires, can move forward with more clarity and focus.
“My honest opinion is not making the playoffs last year might have been the greatest day going forward for our organization,” Laich told Dan Rosen at NHL.com. “I really think it made us all take a look in the mirror and at our failures and why we are failing.”
“If we would have made the playoffs and lost in the first or second round it would have been the same old story, but you wouldn’t have had that hard, brutally honest look at yourselves to realize why you are failing.”
And so the Capitals are afforded a rare opportunity to sit back and assess a roster that still might be good enough to make the NHL playoffs — at least in the Eastern Conference.
Brooks Laich is hoping that in addition to added perspective, he can get a little luck next season after having missed most of the 2013-14 season with a groin injury.