If you've been paying attention over the last two months, I have been saying repeatedly that Brooks Laich is the one player that the Caps cannot afford to lose this offseason. Well, they won't. There is no doubt that this contract is a little steep for a player like Brooks, and his cap number is inflated for the skill set that he brings to the table. But the team really had no choice to bring him back based on all the positive things he brings to the table and the way he has meshed with the club. I like this deal to an extent, and it still gives the Caps room; though they overpaid a bit, they still did not break the bank. But now, the question becomes - who are the odd men out? Time will tell.