Sudden thoughts and second thoughts on Day 76 of the NHL’s lockout:
Laich returns to Switzerland: Roland Thompson, the agent for Capitals center Brooks Laich, told me in an email that Laich is back in Switzerland with the Kloten Flyers, although it appears he has not yet suited up after missing two weeks with and apparent adductor injury.
In 15 games before the injury, Laich had six goals and eight assists with a plus-8 rating for the Swiss team. He last played for the Kloten Flyers on Nov. 16.
Poker for a cause: Caps defenseman Mike Green is expected to be on hand Saturday at The Front Page in Arlington when the restaurant participates in the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bar Crawl/Poker Run.
The event begins at noon at Front Page and continues with stops at Union Jacks, Rock Bottom Brewery, Bailey’s, A-Town, Carpool and First Down before returning to The Front Page for a best-hands poker game attended by Green.
Registration is $10 and more information can be found here.
Hamrlik a target? It’s bad enough that Roman Hamrlik will have to make amends in his own locker room. But if this lockout ever gets settled, the mild-mannered defenseman will need to keep his head on a swivel when he steps on the ice.
If there is one thing you can say about hockey players, it’s that they have long memories and they don’t like it when someone breaks rank. [OK, that’s two things].
Point is, Hamrlik may have put himself in harm’s way for saying something a lot of other players are thinking but refuse to say in public.
Polish pugilist: Caps newcomer Wojtek Wolski was born in Poland but was raised in Toronto and plays hockey like, well, a Canadian. Perhaps that’s why Wolski looks downright bully-ish in this clip posted by our friends at Japers’ Rink.
In the clip, Wolski rushes to the aid of his Polish netminder after an opponent gives him a face spray. Wolksi gets kicked out of the game, and tries silencing the crowd with a Shush! He hasn’t worn a Caps jersey yet – and after signing a one-year deal he may never will -- but fans should like him already.