"I didn't think we were a long ways off last year," Laich told The Washington Post. "It wasn't like at the trade deadline or after we lost [to Montreal] we were saying, 'Geez, I wish we would have more of this or more of that.' That wasn't the case. I think our team is right on the cusp. I know we've said this for a couple of years, but it takes time to learn how to win.