From Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post:
In other news that could be related to this move, I heard from a source late last night that Brooks Laich, a 25-year-old restricted free agent, and the Caps remain far apart on a new contract. I was also told that Laich has been fielding offers from other teams who are interested in possibly signing him to an offer sheet. When I asked if Laich was close to signing a sheet, I was told by the source, "You're barking up the right tree."
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The fact is, only one offer sheet has ever not been matched. That was, of course, Dustin Penner's offer sheet last season. I don't expect the Capitals to let Laich go for a pick that will almost certainly not be a first rounder. He became one of the team's most reliable and productive forwards at the end of last season.