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Brooks Orpik | Defenseman

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/26/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 219
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Brooks Orpik is leading the Washington Capitals with 22 penalty minutes in 15 games.
Orpik had just 46 penalty minutes in 72 contests last season and he's not happy about the amount of time he's spent in the sin bin in 2014-15. "You feel like you're really letting the team down, especially when you’re part of the penalty kill," he said. We wouldn't count on him maintaining his current PIM pace. Nov 13 - 5:25 AM

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Brooks Orpik had two assists in Washington's 6-2 win on Thursday.

It was Orpik's first and second points of the 2014-15 campaign. He's more of a defensive defenseman and consequently doesn't have much value in standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 6:00 AM

Goaltender Braden Holtby is very happy with the play of defenseman Brooks Orpik in front of him.

It's only been one game but Holtby likes the way Orpik plays. "He’s a big physical guy, very good positionally," Holtby said. "He makes a very good first pass. He steadies things down back there. He’s a veteran guy that I think we were missing last year. His leadership is already showing through in our locker room. His calmness. He’s one of those guys who’s intangibles are invaluable." While his intangibles are invaluable, Orpik does not have a lot of value in traditional pools but will be good in the hits and blocked shots department.
Oct 11 - 10:07 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Eric Fehr
6Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8John Erskine
9Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters