One of the many decisions facing new Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is whether he should use the final compliance buyout he inherited from outgoing general manager George McPhee.

As part of the NHL’s labor settlement last year teams were granted two compliance buyouts. The Caps used their first on defenseman Jeff Schultz last summer.

Among their candidates this summer are center Brooks Laich, who has three years and $13.5 million remaining on his six-year, $27 million contract, and defenseman Mike Green, who has one year and $6.083 million remaining on his three-year, $18.25 million deal.

Capitals assistant general manager Don Fishman said he does not anticipate the Capitals utilizing their final buyout, which must be made within 48 hours of the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

To be bought out, Laich first would need to pass a physical. He failed a physical at the conclusion of the season and said last week that no one from the organization has asked him to report for another physical, which would need to be passed before the Caps could buy him out.

Two abdominal surgeries limited Laich to just 60 of the Capitals’ 130 games the past two seasons, but he says he’s optimistic he can return to being the player who missed just four games the previous five seasons.

“I feel really good,” Laich said, adding that he completed his post-surgical rehab three weeks ago and planned on beginning full offseason workouts today in Saskatchewan. “I’m very, very confident that come the fall I will be ready to rock and roll.”