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Brooks Orpik | Defenseman | #43

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/26/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 217
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (18) / PIT
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It looks like Brooks Orpik probably won't end up playing for the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche are reportedly looking to either trade Orpik or potentially buy out the final season of his five-year, $27.5 million contract. The Avalanche acquired him from Washington as part of the Philipp Grubauer trade, but presumably the Capitals insisted on that as they wanted to clear up the cap space. That being said, Orpik can still provide some team with value as a defensive defenseman even if he is expensive at his current $5.5 million cap hit. Jun 22 - 7:19 PM

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The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals in exchange for the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Orpik had 10 assists in 81 games in 2017-18. While the Avalanche are getting a solid defensive defenseman, the big deal for Washington is getting out from under his $5.5 million cap hit for the 2018-19 campaign. Washington can then use that added cap space to help sign John Carlson, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 22 - 7:16 PM

Brooks Orpik had the tip of his left pinkie finger hacked off during the Stanley Cup Final.

The injury occurred Game 2 against Vegas when Orpik was slashed by Erik Haula. He had the finger stitched back on and continued playing.
Jun 13 - 7:48 PM

Brooks Orpik has won the Stanley Cup for the second time.

While plus/minus is often a downplayed statistic, it's worth noting that Orpik finished the 2018 playoffs with a league-high plus-17 rating in 24 games. He's not much of an offensive presence, but the 37-year-old did make solid defensive contributions for Washington throughout its run. Orpik had previously won the Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
Jun 8 - 9:50 AM

Brooks Orpik did not suffer a head injury in Game 3 against Vegas.

Orpik didn't finish Saturday's 3-1 win over the Golden Knights, but he only had the wind knocked out of him on a hard reverse check by James Neal. He should be available for Monday night when the Stanley Cup Final continues.
Jun 3 - 1:32 PM

Brooks Orpik wasn't able to finish Saturday's contest against Vegas, but coach Barry Trotz doesn't appear to be concerned.

Trotz said he expects Orpik "will be fine." He was hit hard by James Neal in the second period on a reverse body check, but didn't exit the match until just before the midway mark of the third frame.
Jun 3 - 12:43 AM

Brooks Orpik took part in Saturday's morning skate.

Orpik apparently needed stitches after taking a slash in Game 2 against Vegas, but he appears to be good to go for Game 3 Saturday night. He was paired with Christian Djoos during the session.
Jun 2 - 10:23 AM

Brooks Orpik needed stitches after Game 2 because of a slash he received from Vegas' Erik Haula.

Haula received a five-minute slashing major and game misconduct, but both penalties occurred at 20:00 of the third period, so unless there's supplemental discipline those penalties are basically moot. Before that happened, Orpik scored the game-winning goal in Washington's 3-2 victory over Vegas to even the series.
May 31 - 11:05 AM

Brooks Orpik scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

This was the Capitals' first victory in the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Orpik's shot deflected off a Golden Knight before beating Marc-Andre Fleury. His first tally of the postseason gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead midway through the second frame. The 37-year-old finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and six hits in 19:13 of ice time. He's up to four points in 21 games during the postseason. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at one. Game 3 will be played in Washington in Saturday night.
May 30 - 11:49 PM

Brooks Orpik is the only Washington Capital to have participated in a Stanley Cup Final.

That will all change on Monday night in Vegas but for now the former Penguin is the only Cap to have done so. "His presence, you can’t really put it into words. There’s no stat — that experience, that leadership, the way he prepares, the way he plays big games," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "No one probably demands, or gets, as much respect as Brooks Orpik in our locker room." The expansion Vegas Golden Knights have had two players with Cup Final experience in Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal.
May 27 - 8:13 AM

Brooks Orpik is on the ice for the Capitals' practice Saturday morning.

Orpik, who was boarded by Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, appears to be fine to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night. He managed to return to the game after he was hit.
May 26 - 11:02 AM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) will play Tuesday night.

Orpik was on the ice for the pregame warmups after he missed one game due to a lower-body injury. He will skate alongside Christian Djoos on the third defense duo.
Mar 20 - 6:38 PM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday night.

Orpik participated in the team's optional morning skate. He was not able to play on Sunday due to the ailment.
Mar 20 - 2:32 PM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) is doubtful to play Tuesday against Dallas.

Orpik missed Sunday's game due to a lower-body injury and he didn't practice on Monday. He is expected to get back on the ice Tuesday, though, and he's listed as day-to-day.
Mar 19 - 1:49 PM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) won't play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

Orpik hasn't missed a game all season. He has no goals, nine assists and a minus-10 rating in 71 games this season. He's day-to-day for now.
Mar 18 - 4:31 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Nathan MacKinnon
2Alexander Kerfoot
3J.T. Compher
4Carl Soderberg
5Tyson Jost
6Dominic Toninato
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Matt Nieto
4Gabriel Bourque
5Vladislav Kamenev
RW1Mikko Rantanen
2Nail Yakupov
3Colin Wilson
4Blake Comeau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Samuel Girard
4Mark Barberio
5Brooks Orpik
6Patrik Nemeth
7Nikita Zadorov
8David Warsofsky
9Mark Alt
10Anton Lindholm
11Duncan Siemens
12Sergei Boikov
G1Jonathan Bernier
2Pavel Francouz
3Philipp Grubauer
4Andrew Hammond
5Semyon Varlamov