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PHT Morning Skate: Trotz admits Caps have ‘taken some heat’ for Orpik deal

Jul 8, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Barry Trotz AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look at the world of hockey to see what’s happening, and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL and beyond.

Barry Trotz loves the Brooks Orpik signing, but acknowledges new Caps GM Brian MacLellan has “taken some heat” for the five-year, $27.5 million deal. (CSN Washington)

The Panthers have invited a pair of Florida-bred players to their prospects camp (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Czech winger Jiri Sekac signed a two-way UFA deal with Montreal this year over a number of other suitors. Now, he’s looking to crack the Habs’ roster this fall. (

Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh has been named the new head coach of Canada’s women’s national team. (Ithaca Voice)

Curtis Lazar, Ottawa’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, was named hardest worker at Sens prospect camp. (Ottawa Citizen)

Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett are gone. Did the Rangers lose too much depth? (SB Nation)

  1. ravanator - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    The Caps have had the best off season of any team in the history of the NHL. We got the free agents we needed to build a championship team, and got them at a good price. We hired the best available head coach. It will be a year or two, but we will finally get to raise the cup. People bashing our team for getting Orpik are just jealous and have no hockey knowledge. Great time to be a Caps fan. C-A-P-S, CAPS, CAPS, CAPS. Cheers!


    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Stop being a toolbag. You aren’t the leader of us Capitals fans. Probably aren’t even the leader of your own household.


      • stixzidinia - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        He’s not even the leader of his Call of Duty clan on Xbox Live.

      • imleftcoast - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Orpik is too slow in year 1 of a 5-year deal.


      • c9castine - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        I WANT IT NOW!! PHUCK!!

    • wutangwild - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Stop with the twatter hashtags, you’re making a fool of yourself.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    This is a broken record. Do we all know it’s not the best of deals that was signed on July 1? Yes. But does this signing make this team better than what it was on the blue line last year? Yes.

    Who would you rather have, readers… John Erskine or Brooks Orpik?… I think I know that answer

    • jpelle82 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      at least john erskine will fight and defend your captain….

      • c9castine - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        lol yeah thats been working really well.

    • rsl22 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      The Caps played 14 different defensemen last year. 14. And not because if injuries. Yea, they overpaid, but they had to make the team better, which is what they did.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    The media keeps beating a dead horse over this. Time will truly tell.

  4. c9castine - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Get over it, so he got over paid for too long. Hardly the first one, hardly the only one.. guys all over the league every year that get over paid.

    stop being obsessed with the penguins.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      The Penguins have nothing to do with this article.

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