Capitals’ Brooks Laich on players calling each other out

January 9

When things aren’t going well for a team, it can lead to a demand for accountability. We saw it with the Redskins, when Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss got vocal about the team’s passing game. More recently, Adam Oates has been frank with reporters when it comes to which Caps players are making mistakes on the ice.

On first glance it seems as if they’re calling someone out, but in a call with The Junkies on 106.7 on Wednesday, Brooks Laich said it’s not about pointing the finger.

“I think people sometimes overreact when a coach says a player’s name, or a player says another player’s name,” he said. “You’re not calling anybody out, you’re just telling the truth of what happened on the play. We’re grown men. I’m a grown man. If I make a mistake, you can say my name. I’m not going to cry, or whine or, per Neil Greenberg, drag my lip around.

“But it comes with the territory. Sometimes I’m going to make a mistake, sometimes this guy’s gonna make a mistake. But we don’t have to be so fragile that we can’t ever mention a guy’s name when he makes a mistake and just say, ‘Well, the player did this.’ Call a spade a spade.”

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WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT

Caps at Lightening, 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.

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