There’s a delicate balance between helping Laich progress and risking a set-back but Oates said the Capitals will work to find the appropriate amount of contact to gauge the forward’s progress.
“We’ll get some drills where he gets to engage and minor contact,” Oates said. “Really, he’s going to be on the ice so guarded and protecting it that the real test will be when he gets that bump when he’s not expecting it.”
Laich has repeatedly decline to comment on his recovery status and opted not to discuss his health again on Wednesday. It’s a frustrating injury for any player, particularly someone like Laich who rarely misses game time because of an injury.