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Laich signs 3-yr, $6.1M deal to stay with Capitals @NHLdotcom

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -The Washington Capitals rewarded Brooks Laich's career season with a three-year, $6.1 million contract Wednesday.

The 25-year-old center had career highs in goals (21) and assists (16) last season and was one of four Capitals to play in all 82 games. He finished his third full NHL season with 12 goals and 20 points in the final 22 games as the Capitals made a run to clinch the Southeast Division title.

Laich also had one goal and five assists in the seven-game first-round playoff series loss to Philadelphia.

Laich filed for salary arbitration earlier this week but agreed to a new deal before his case could be heard. He earned $725,000 last season. His new contract will pay him $1.7 million in 2008-09 next season and more than $2 million in each of the following two seasons.

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