When elite players like Alex Ovechkin sign contracts overseas, their third- and fourth-line teammates are the ones left out in the cold.
Capitals coach Adam Oates discusses his college days and what led to his arrival in Washington.
Brooks Laich has been openly supportive of the NHL exodus to Europe. On Tuesday he signed with the Swiss League.
The NHL and its players' union plan to resume bargaining Friday for the first time since the league's lockout started, but the talks are to focus on non-core economic issues.