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Big-money Brooks: Caps sign Orpik — five years, $27.5 million

Jul 1, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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Brooks Orpik is trading sides in a modern rivalry and cashing in — in a big way.

The Washington Capitals have signed Orpik to a five-year, $27.5 million deal to help stiffen up their blue line.

After playing 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and menacing Alex Ovechkin, he’ll be on the same side of the ice with the Washington captain. Caps GM Brian MacLellan lauded Orpik’s other qualities.

“We feel Brooks’ leadership and experience will greatly enhance our defense for years to come,” MacLellan said. “Brooks plays tough minutes against the opposition’s best players.”

While that’s all good and fun, the big story here is the money. At $5.5 million per year for the next five years, the 33-year-old Orpik is going to need to play those tough minutes for a few more years now. There’s no doubt the Caps needed defensive help as it was a major undoing for them, but they have to hope his leadership and tough play can carry them.

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    lol they just undid the steal they got with Peters, and some.

  2. thesportsjudge - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Terrible contract, BUT, CANNOT wait until his first big hit on Crosby!

    • jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      you might be waiting a while…he’s pretty slow if you hadn’t noticed and not many guys land big hits on 87 anyway, they usually get posterized trying.

  3. c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    all the armchair GMs and coaches are gonna hate this contract but the only thing wrong with it is its 2 years too long.

    3 years would have been good. hes been playing tough hockey for a long time i dont know if he makes it all the way to 38

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Dan Girardi, Yandle, Pietrangelo, Buowmeester all make the same money. I think it’s def too much.

      • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        yeah but caps need leadership, experience, toughness, and defense. not a power play quarterback. not a young two way stud. not a guy who cant skate and has played in no important games.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        I agree with you that he’ll be a good fit (again) with the Caps. It’s just that that kind of character type of player doesn’t usually bring in over 5mil unless he’s Ryan Suter or the like. I said it on another post, but I think we’re seeing owners/GMs digging themselves lockout-causing holes…. still. They surely aren’t helping their situations with all these crazy high contracts we’re seeing today. The increase in salaries is nowhere near proportional to the increase in cap.

    • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Too much money and way too long

      • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        no…you dont say flyers fan…

        clayton stoner just signed for over 3 million a year. orpik is a 10 year vet with a stanley cup and two olympic appearances. might be too much in your eyes but its apparently market value…

      • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Stoner is too much as well and maybe it is market value, but that doesn’t change the fact that Orpik isn’t worth close to that contract, sure earlier in his career, but it doesn’t matter what he has done in the past, at this stage of career that is an awful contract to give him

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Wow – you are STILL on the Orpik bandwagon, in the face of overwhelming evidence that he wasn’t worth his $3.75M contract. This is insane.

      Forget the term, which by your own admission is way too long. The cap number is EGREGIOUS. He’s making PIETRANGELO money this year, despite being no where near the player and significantly older. He only picked up 500K less than Niskanen, despite a 7 year age gap and Niskanen having offensive skill, whereas Orpik still has no concept of what to do with the puck. Heck, all four NHL Network panelists said this was the worst contract of the day. At this point, I’m convinced you are related to Orpik.

      • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        bandwagon? im not a bandwagon kind of a guy. in fact you just said im basically the only one supporting him so apparently, im the opposite of a bandwagoner. idiot.

        not sure why your mad about it. rutherford didnt sign the contract.

        what overwhelming evidence???

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Admittedly bandwagon was the wrong word. Orpik defender? Orpik fanboy? Any other “Orpik -?” that denotes your seeming infatuation with this guy?

        I’m not mad about the contract – in fact I’m ecstatic. A division rival signed a player who is a shell of his former self for above market value. I will always love Orpik for what he did for the organization – he was the only remaining bridge between the dark ages of the Pens and the current team – but the fact of the matter is that he is NOT a good hockey player anymore. Fancy stats, traditional scouting, ALL of it paints a very dire picture for Brooks Oprik and his play. Whether its Corsi% relative, +/- in 5 on 5 situations, or jus the friggin’ EYE test, he’s not a good player anymore.

        Now, the only reason I even commented is because you and I have had differences of opinion on these pages regarding Orpik before, and I always thought it was a function of you Penguin fanhood getting the best of you. But even now the fact that you still believe that he is worth $5.5M is proof positive that you are waaaayyy too hung up on a below average hockey player.

  4. jaybaileys - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Holy overpayment Batman! You sure GM is still there behind the scenes!

  5. sixchr - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I look forward to the Pittsburgh reaction when he ultimately preys on Crosby.

    • jaybaileys - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      He can’t skate with Sid.

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      I once watched Orpik about end Trevor Smith’s career. When Trevor Smith was a Penguin. It was an exhibition game.

      Don’t think for a minute that the current roster doesn’t know Orpik, or would tempt fate with him.

  6. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    those two years though will blow

  7. billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    lololol wow. there are a lot of dumb GMs in this league. my god. between this and bollands new contract.

  8. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    How many 33 year old D-men get nearly a $2M/year RAISE with a 5 year contract?

    Great job GMBM.

  9. sjsharks66 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Everyone can’t wait for him to hit Crosby. God forbid he hit Toews though, remember?

    • talon7227 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I hope he is on the ice for Crosby… A lot of Breakaways!!

  10. blynasty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    This deal was clearly only made so Ovechkin didn’t have to play against him. Wayyyyy too much money for a guy who is on the decline of his career. Penguins prospects will outplay him for the next 5 years.

    • capsnbohs23 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      The deal was made because GMBM panicked and didnt want another D man to get away as they were flying off the shelf early on

    • killerpgh - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

  11. theageofquarrel - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Good luck with him trying to hit Sid or Geno,they will skate right past him.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Don’t need him to hit Crosby. That’s what Ovechkin is for. Followed by a retaliatory glove to the face by Crosby, then skating away hiding behind his teammates while whining to the ref.

      • theageofquarrel - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Still mad you got swept by the Pens last season I see

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Not at all. I’m not bitter about the past just stating the obvious: when the Pens and Caps play, Ovi gets physical and Crosby hides. Give me an instance when that is not the case.

  12. milkmemalkin - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    He’s chasing money instead of a cup, Pens didn’t need him anyways.

  13. ravanator - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Welcome to the Caps Orpik. You will fit in well with our talened organization. Can’t believe we were able to sign him at such a low price. He wanted to jump off the sinking ship in Pittsburgh so bad, he probably just took the first offer he got. It may take some time for Orpik to get settled in, we have class on the Caps, unlike his previous team. Great time to be a Caps fan. Cheers!

    #capswinthecupin2015
    #oviownsthenhl

    • flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Lol this better be a troll

      • capsnbohs23 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        he is a pittsburgh troll, dont feed it

      • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Oh, he’s not just any troll. This guy is a first-ballot, unanimous PFT Hall of Fame troll. He’s the greatest troll NBC sites have ever seen. And now he’s here to challenge Blomfield/Joey.

        This queef is the Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice and Babe Ruth of trolls all rolled into one. You are witnessing troll history here. Remember where you were at this moment.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        He uses his ‘ravantor’ name to mimic a PFT commenter under the name ‘ravEnator’ because he thought it was cute. He’s just as bad on PFT as he is on here. Just hate the fact that it makes the rest of my fellow fanbase (Caps and Ravens) look like ignorant homers when, just like every single fanbase, there’s a small fraction of idiots mixed in with genuine, good fans.

        So in short, this d-bag loves him some Penguins and Steelers. Must be painful to type under a username with your rivals team name in it. Tough pill to swallow.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Don’t worry, Eutaw. We get to deal with Baltimore troll “Steelers are God’s Team Six Rings.” You know who I’m talking about. It’s like a less-funny version of Spy vs Spy.

  14. flyerspsu - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Thank god holmgren is gone so I don’t have to worry about giving away contracts like this

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Hextall had something to do today apparently. probably taking a nap.

  15. spynnal - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Too much for too long. That said, Orpik will probably be a fantastic addition to the Caps for the next 2 to 3 years at least.

  16. phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    No way this guy is worth 5.5 mil per year regardless of the length of the contract. But! Good for him. Buyout forthcoming…..

  17. rsl22 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    As a Caps fan who has mocked how slow and incompetent the Penguins defense has been for the past couple years, I can’t help but think, “Ugh.”

    Defense was needed; signing an aging, slow defender to big money for a long-term was not needed. And even with this signing, the Caps still only have five NHL defenders.

    • har21441 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      don’t forget injury prone

  18. rrsm53 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    he will still be a tool no matter where he plays, the Caps will like it because he wont take out any of their good players now but he is still a cheap shot artist who wont ever back up what he does, he turtles like a little b!tch he is. Throw away more money like fools.

  19. capsnbohs23 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    This is such an embarrassing deal, Looks like GMBM is going to be a worse version of GMGM

  20. timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Orpik’s agent must be at the strip club making it rain!

  21. talon7227 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I love how the haters say they can’t wait for Brooks to hit Crosby! Because what you’re going to hear a lot is Pierre McGuire say, and of course it depends on what line he is out there for, “Crosby/Malkin in on a Breakaway!!” an awful lot! Lost his wheels and ended last season with a pretty decent knee injury… But hey, great contract for a nearly 34 year old D-man on his decline!

  22. hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Oh good lord.

  23. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Brooks Laich is happy that he no longer holds the title of most overpaid Caps player named Brooks.

  24. kyzslew77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Caps fan here. My only reaction is :-| which will probably be :-( a year from now.

  25. 7mantel - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Sid and Geno heads will be now be in Orpiks cross hairs !

    • har21441 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Yup – from the other end of the rink, but yup.

  26. killerpgh - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Good for Brooks. Sucks to see the longest tenured Penguins leave, but if a team was willing to throw that much money and that long of a term he would be a idiot not to take it. He will make a good partner Carlson (like the Olympics) for the 1st few years of this deal.

  27. jackemccrory - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Just wait to see how slow and soft he is these days. The hit on toews was the only one all season. HES DONE and still got 5 years. ?? all yours DC.

  28. cliffatola - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    The Caps GM went full Nonis, you never go full Nonis.

  29. watermelon1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    The best thing about this deal is what you all are ignoring…

    It means mike green will FINALLY be gone!

    Caps goalies singing HALLELUJAH right now.

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