Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich couldn't wait for Monday to come. It's the day he's finally scheduled to hit the ice and incorporate skating into his offseason training regimen.

It's been two years since Laich has been as energized and excited to lace 'em up as he is now; two very hard, painful, injury-riddled years to be exact.

"Now when I step on the ice I feel completely free as opposed to very limited, like the last two years," Laich told NHL.com.

This can only be viewed as fantastic news for the Capitals.

Laich is Washington's most versatile forward, the only player on the roster who has the ability to excel playing any position on any line no matter the opponent. In five seasons from 2007-12, he missed four games (all in the 2009-10 season), averaged 47.6 points-per-season and played every position except goaltender.

His past two seasons have been marred by a groin injury that limited his mobility and prevented him from being a strong skater. He played in 60 games, had 19 points, two surgeries, and scores of painful days. He said it felt like his body was in prison.