After a forgettable 2011-12 season, no one is looking forward to next season more than Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
The Capitals have stockpiled 11 picks in this year's draft including two in the first round.
At 28, Laich is in the prime of his career and is one of the Capitals' most reliable and versatile players. But he'll need to do more to earn his hefty salary.
If the Capitals do not re-sign Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman they'll reduce their payroll by 10.6 million.
Capitals general manager George McPhee said assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Dean Evason are not expected to return next season.