Players were on the ice for the first practice of training camp for only about 10 minutes when Brooks Laich suddenly left the ice and headed into the dressing room with a strained left hip flexor.

Laich 30 said the injury is completely unrelated to the lingering groin problem that required surgery and kept him out of the lineup for all but nine days last season. Rather Laich suffered the injury when he first skated at KCI on Sept. 5 after returning to Washington.

“It was actually my first day back in D.C. Something I noticed is that the ice here is a lot softer than the ice I skated on back home and when I skated here I just tweaked it a little bit” said Laich who took four days off from skating after he initially noticed the discomfort. He skated Tuesday completed fitness testing and went through an acupuncture session Wednesday but felt enough pain today to take himself out of practice.

There is no timetable for Laich to be back on the ice but he hopes that this won’t keep him out of practices and exhibition games for too long.

“Yesterday I had a big really aggressive acupuncture session and today I had a little inflammation from that a little soreness from that” Laich said. It “could have contributed to some of the pain out there. So now it’s going to be a day-by-day thing. It’s not a thing that I’m really concerned about it should come back fairly quickly and once I start to feel really good off the ice I’ll go back on the ice.”