Brooks Laich resigns with Washington Capitals for six years

Brooks Laich celebrates a goal with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin.

The Washington Capitals made Brooks Laich a part of their long-term plan Tuesday, signing the versatile center to a new six-year contract.

Laich placed 4th on the team in scoring in 2010-11, scoring 16 goals and 32 assists. He did not miss a game this past season, playing in all 82 regular season games and nine more in the playoffs.

"Brooks has excelled as one of the League's finer two-way players and is just entering his prime," Capitals GM George McPhee said in a statement. "His combination of size, speed, versatility and leadership makes him a valuable part of our club."

Laich has played all but one game of his career with the Capitals after he was traded to the team by Ottawa in 2004. In 475 career games, he has scored 100 goals and has 137 assists.

The team did not disclose financial details, but The Sporting News reports that the deal is worth $27 million.