Brooks Laich used the dreaded "A" word on his media conference call announcing his re-signing with the Washington Capitals many, many times. Here's the line that jumps out at me.â†µ
This year, there's got to be a lot more accountability from our players, to ourselves and to the coaches. Our coaching staff does a great job setting out the game plan, and it's up to every single player to adhere to that game plan. It's up to every single player -- doesn't matter how much you make, how long you've been here or what your name is -- to practice as hard as they can, to practice as a team, to work as a team. There's a lot of things where, sometimes when you're tested, things start to fray, little things like that. When you're tested, you have to be so tight, you have to rely on each other so much.â†µ
He then said the Capitals did that well after their eight-game losing streak in December before returning to the point again.â†µ
This year, we have to hold each other accountable a lot more. If we see a teammate not doing something that we want as a group that will lead to group success, we have to reign them in and hold everyone accountable.â†µ
This, of course, begs the question: just who might Brooks Laich be talking about, if anyone?