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Brooks Orpik | Defenseman | #44

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/26/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (18) / PIT
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Brooks Orpik opened up about the injuries that he dealt with over the course of the 2015-16 campaign.
Orpik suffered a crack in his femur during the regular season. He then suffered a concussion and neck injury during the Capitals' first round series against Philadelphia. He had three goals and 10 points in 41 regular season games. In the playoffs he had no points and a minus-three rating in six contests. May 12 - 10:53 AM

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Brooks Orpik is thankful that his season didn't ended during his suspension.

"I don't know if I would have made a difference," he said. "It is in the past now, and you try to move forward. (The games) could have gone either way. We have a good opportunity (Tuesday)." He was banned for three games for a hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta during Game 2, but he will be back in the lineup on Tuesday night. Orpik joked that he is expecting a "great reception" from the Pittsburgh crowd when he gets back into the fold.
May 9 - 3:41 PM

Brooks Orpik will return to the Washington lineup for Game 6.

Orpik has finished serving his three game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh blueliner Olli Maatta. Maatta has yet to return to the Penguins lineup but Orpik will be raring to go Tuesday. Orpik is not a points machine as he had only three goals and 10 points in 41 games and none in five playoff contests but is a valuable member of the defensive corps of the Washington Capitals.
May 8 - 10:39 AM

Brooks Orpik didn't have a problem with his three-game suspension.

"I think it was fair," Orpik said. "It was a bad hit. I intended for it to be a hard hit, but definitely not at his head. I don't think there's anything that you can argue that it was definitely late. I think that was pretty black and white, and I said that during my hearing yesterday. I was just disappointed. It's a split-second decision you make, and you’ve just got to live with it." Coach Barry Trotz had a much different outlook on the situation and indicated that the length of the ban had a lot to do with who the Capitals were playing against.
May 2 - 2:29 PM

Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his hit (interference) on Olli Maatta on Saturday night in Game 2.

That is statement from the NHL, but it was an ugly play. Orpik drilled Maatta with a late, high hit at 4:13 of the first period. Maatta seemed woozy, and is more than likely out for Game 3, if not the rest of the series because of a concussion (though the exact injury hasn’t been announced). With the second-round series with the Penguins 1-1, there is a chance that Orpik’s season is over.
Source: NHL.com
May 1 - 8:42 PM

Brooks Orpik will have a hearing for his hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2.

Orpik nailed Maatta with a high-hit that was also very late. Orpik's shoulder hit Maatta right in the head. Maatta was slow to get up and took his time leaving the ice. Orpik was given a two-minute penalty for interference on the play. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Department of Player Safety suspend Orpik for a game or two. The Capitals and Penguins are tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Monday night.
May 1 - 10:50 AM

Brooks Orpik could be facing a suspension for his late hit on Olli Maatta Saturday.

Orpik received a two minute minor for interference but his late and high hit on Maatta forced the Penguins defenseman out of the game and he did not return. "I thought it was a late hit," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought it was a target to his head. I think it's the type of hit everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game." If Orpik is suspended, look for Dmitry Orlov to return after missing a game as a healthy scratch.
May 1 - 8:40 AM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Penguins.

Orpik was injured in Game 3 of Washington's first round series against the Flyers after he was hit by Ryan White. It appears as though he's good to go ahead of tonight's game against Pittsburgh. Orpik is currently on the ice for warmups and he's skating on a pairing with John Carlson.
Apr 28 - 7:42 PM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.

That being said, it sounds like the odds are in favor of Orpik playing. It would be his first contest since April 18.
Apr 28 - 11:34 AM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) hopes to play in Game 1 on Thursday.

Orpik hasn't gotten medical clearance to return to the lineup, but he'll meet with a doctor prior to the game. In the meantime, he took part in Wednesday's practice.
Apr 27 - 12:40 PM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) skated on Tuesday at practice.

Coach Barry Trotz wouldn't say if Orpik will be available during Washington's second-round series against Pittsburgh. He still hasn't received the green light from doctors, but Game 1 could be a possibility.
Apr 26 - 12:28 PM

Brooks Orpik will travel to Philadelphia with Washington to Game 6.

However Orpik is not expected to play despite working out off the ice. Considering the Caps are still in control of the series, we wouldn't expect the veteran defender to play.
Apr 23 - 2:09 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz was asked if Brooks Orpik, who has been listed as out with an upper-body injury, has a concussion.

"I'm not going to answer that," Trotz said, which is an answer that doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Then again, it's the playoffs, which means teams will be very secretive about their injured players, so the fact that he didn't outright deny it doesn't necessarily mean anything. Trotz did add that Orpik exercised today, though he didn't skate with his teammates, and the bench boss isn't concerned about Orpik's long-term availability.
Apr 22 - 11:26 AM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) didn't skate with the Capitals Friday morning.

That probably means that Orpik won't play in Game 5 on Friday. Orpik also missed Game 4 on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 11:13 AM

Brooks Orpik's (upper body) availability for Game 5 is undetermined.

"We’re going to skate tomorrow, and I don’t know if he’ll skate or not," Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said on Thursday. Orpik missed Wednesday's game.
Apr 21 - 6:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Brad Malone
5Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
5Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer