On Tuesday morning, the news dropped that the Washington Capitals have re-signed one of my top 21 potential unrestricted free agents, locking up Brooks Laich to a new 6-year deal, reportedly worth $27 million, which works out to be a $4.5 million cap hit per season. Laich made a significant raise from his $2.066 million cap hit in 2011 and he will now be paid through the 2017 season, where he'll finish at 34 years old.
Laich had a pretty good year in 2011, finishing with 48 points (16 goals and 32 assists) in all 82 games for the Capitals, ranking 100th among all forwards.
If the Capitals can find their deadly offense again in the 2012 season, Laich should become a better player in the offensive totals, possibly making him into a pretty good bargain, come draft time.
With the Laich signing now on the books, the Capitals now have nine forwards, six defense and a pair of goalies on for a projected annual total of $54.2 million, which should leave them $10.1 million to round out their forwards. That's a pretty solid total, one that should give the Capitals some room when the trade deadline rolls around again.