Brooks Laich's durability and versatility landed him a $27 million, six-year contract to remain with the Washington Capitals. Also returning: The refreshing candor that made him an unmistakable presence in the locker room.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler will serve as alternate captains under Eric Staal, while forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis will assist Nicklas Lidstrom.
The NHL announced Tuesday the remaining 36 players and 12 rookies chosen by the league's hockey operations department to take part in this month's All-Star festivities that include the traditional game and skills competitions
Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal to become Washington's first three-time 50-goal scorer, and defenseman Mike Green had two goals in the Capitals' 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.