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Brooks Orpik | Defenseman

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/26/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 219
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Brooks Orpik responded to reactions that he was overpaid by Washington in free agency.
"Whether you make the minimum or $9 million a year, there’s always going to be people that think you’re overpaid," Orpik said in a phone interview Tuesday. "You're always aware of that. Washington, I think they know me well enough, so they know what they're getting." Coach Barry Trotz is excited about the intangibles that Orpik will bring to the team's back end. He was signed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on the first day of free agency. Aug 21 - 1:57 PM

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Brooks Orpik is projected to be paired with John Carlson or Mike Green in Washington.

He has shown signs of slowing down, so it was surprising to see the Capitals grant him a five-year deal worth a total of $27.5 million. Washington targeted him as a player they needed, so they were willing to outspend the competition to land him.
Jul 2 - 9:26 AM

Brooks Orpik has signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.

The tough defenseman will get five years/$27.5 million from the Capitals and he should provide the Caps with stellar work behind the blueline. His fantasy value however is negligible in traditional pools.
Jul 1 - 1:02 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford declined to comment on the free agent status of Brooks Orpik on Monday.

Rutherford said he thinks that Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen will test the market, but he didn't say anything regarding Orpik. The physical blueliner can become an unrestricted free agent in July and it's still unclear where he stands with the organization. Pittsburgh has some solid defensemen in their system (Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington and Derrick Pouliot), who could get a chance to play in the NHL next season.
Jun 24 - 11:36 AM

Brooks Orpik (knee) said he could've been available to return in the Stanley Cup Final.

However, the Penguins lost in Game 7 to the New York Rangers during the second round of the postseason. Orpik suffered a knee injury in Game 4 and he wasn't able to return. Now, he faces the prospect of becoming an unrestricted free agent while Pittsburgh searches for a new general manager. "We still have time," Orpik's agent, Lewis Gross said. "Brooks isn't a free agent until July. We're not worried about Pittsburgh not having a GM right now." It's unclear if he'll be back with the Penguins next season, but he would certainly attract interest on the open market if he makes it there.
May 29 - 12:15 PM

Brooks Orpik (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's game-day skate.

He isn't expected to play in Game 7 against the New York Rangers and was seen sporting a brace on his right knee. There's no timetable in place for his return to the lineup.
May 13 - 12:52 PM

Do not expect to see Brooks Orpik in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 7 Tuesday.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that the Penguins have no timetable for his return and the team does not think he will be back soon. Orpik suffered an apparent knee injury in Game 4 and has missed the last two games, which were both Pittsburgh losses.
May 12 - 11:20 AM

Brooks Orpik (leg) did not practice on Saturday.

Orpik was injured in Game 4 after missing the previous five games with an undisclosed injury. The two injuries were not the same and the leg injury forced Orpik to miss Game 5 as well. He is doubtful for Game 6 at this time.
May 11 - 10:34 AM

Brooks Orpik (knee) isn't available for Game 5 on Friday.

Orpik returned from an undisclosed injury on Wednesday, but left the contest after sustaining a separate ailment. He wasn't on the ice for the Penguins' pregame warmups.
May 9 - 6:56 PM

Brooks Orpik suffered what's believed to be a knee injury during Wednesday's game.

Orpik appeared to sustain the ailment while checking Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello in the first period. Orpik missed the final two periods as a result. It was his first game back from an undisclosed injury and he ended up logging just 5:15 minutes.
May 8 - 9:37 AM

Brooks Orpik is back in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday night after sitting out the Pens' last five games with an undisclosed injury.

Robert Bortuzzo will sit in the press box for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, while Rob Scuderi gains a U.S. Olympian on his flank as Orpik's return bolsters Pittsburgh's defense.
May 7 - 7:30 PM

Following up on an earlier post, Brooks Orpik will not play Sunday night in Game 2 against the Rangers.

He's made progress in his recovery from an undisclosed injury but not enough to play.
May 4 - 12:49 PM

Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) skated for the first time since leaving practice early a week ago.

Orpik's injury issue is under lockdown so we can't tell you whether he will be able to play Sunday night in Game 2 against the Rangers. However, the fact that he skated on Saturday is a very good sign his health status is improving. We would still consider Orpik as day-to-day.
May 4 - 12:25 PM

The longest-tenured Penguins player remained out of the lineup as the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs opened in Pittsburgh against the New York Rangers Friday night.

Brooks Orpik was conspicuous by his absence in the Pens' 3-2 overtime loss as Pittsburgh suffered many defensive lapses in the game. Orpik, out with an undisclosed injury, has missed three straight following an injury suffered in Game 4 against Columbus or in an ensuing practice before Game 5 of that first-round series. Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo again replaced Orpik in the lineup. It remains unknown when Orpik will return to the lineup. He was seen on an exercise bike before Game 6 in Columbus, but has not skated with the team since leaving practice early last week at Southpointe. Right wing Brian Gibbons also remained out. He hasn't played since Game 2 against Columbus.
May 3 - 10:37 AM

Brooks Orpik is still out with an undisclosed injury.

This is according to coach Dan Bylsma who would not say anything more but he was seen limping in the dressing room Friday. The Penguins play in Game 6 in Columbus Monday but do not expect to see Orpik in the lineup.
Apr 28 - 10:18 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters