Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich has signed with the Kloten Flyers of Switzerland's National League A, according to a report. The news comes a week after Laich, Washington's NHLPA player representative, said he was going to look to play elsewhere during the NHL lockout, which is approaching its two-week birthday.
Laich becomes the third Capitals player to decided to sign with a European team, as goaltender Michal Neuvirth is playing in the Czech Republic and Alex Ovechkin is in Russia.
The Canadian native has been a staple in the Capitals lineup for the past three season, as he played in all 82 regular-season games during the 2007-08, '08-09 and '11-12 seasons.
Last summer, Laich signed a six-year, $27 million contract extension. The forward rewarded the Capitals with a 16-goal, 25-assist season. His best season was in '09-10 when he tallied 25 goals and 34 assists in 78 games.