Brooks Laich has been described as the Caps’ biggest internal free agent decision; he’s entering unrestricted free agency for the first time and the dollar signs definitely come into play, but he’s also a leader and fan favorite, for whatever those things are worth.

Laich contract talk didn’t become much of a distraction during the season, but after the season ended, he spoke about his uncertain status with Caps.com’s Mike Vogel.

“The season’s over now, and obviously people are gonna start talking,” Laich said. “I’m unrestricted, but sitting here today and talking to you, it certainly to me doesn’t feel like this is my last day at Kettler or that I’ve played my last game as a Washington Capital. That’s how it feels. I don’t foresee that in my brain. It doesn’t process like that.

“But I’m not the one that makes the decisions, really. I’ll talk with my agent and we’ll discuss going forward, because there are some options. But ultimately if the organization wants me back, they have the cards. I’m sure they’re gonna talk. It’s tough; I’ve never been to unrestricted free agency before and I don’t really know what to expect. But to me, it doesn’t feel like I’ve played my last game as a Capital.”

Watch the full interview here. And get all the complimentary tire changes you can now, just in case.