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Brooks Orpik has never been a guy to bite his tongue and when it came to looking back on his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins he didn’t hold back.
Orpik spoke with Pittsburgh radio host Joe Starkey about growing up in the Penguins organization and playing for some really bad and really good teams. While winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 was the highlight, coming up short so many times stings and he said it wore on the team.
“I think it was more that we let the pressure get to us,” Orpik said. “There were just so many expectations, both internally and externally. I think we stopped having fun, to be honest with you. We let the external pressure seep into the room. That’s the one thing I could put my finger on. I’m sure Sid and Geno and the other guys will learn from it.”
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The longest tenured Penguin is no longer a Pittsburgh Penguin. Brooks Orpik has signed a deal to see him head to the Washington Capitals.Go ahead, read the rest »
The Washington Capitals inked former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik to a 5 year/27.5 million dollar deal (photo courtesy of ESPN)
July 1st marks 99 days till Opening Day of the 2014-2015 NHL Season, and the Washington Capitals have made a pretty big splash adding former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, officially reuniting him with new assistant head coach...
I’ll never forget the day then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick chose defenseman Brooks Orpik with the 18th overall pick at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Having been fed a steady diet of Robert Domes, Milan Krafts, and Konstantin Koltzovs the selection of Orpik signaled an abrupt change in the Pens’ drafting philosophy.
“In the past, we haven’t emphasized the toughness as much,” head...
With the addition of Brooks Orpik via free agency Tuesday, the Capitals welcomed a former foe into the fold; the 33-year-old defenseman spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom Washington had a hot rivalry at the peak of the Sidney Crosby / Alex Ovechkin hype-machine.
As such, Orpik now faces the prospect of helping rather than hitting Ovechkin; while he admits...
Brooks Orpik to Caps....
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 1, 2014
Brooks Orpik heading to Caps. Love this signing. Tough. Hard to play against. Perfect. #CapitalsTalk
— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) July 1, 2014
Out of everyone who left on Tuesday, this one leaves a mark. And it’s not because it means the Pens are doomed. They’re not doomed; it’s time for the young defensemen to get a shot. Orpik signing with the Capitals isn’t what makes it leave a mark, either.
It stings because Orpik was our last connection to the truly Dark Ages. And now he’s gone. A quick look back at Orpik’s...
Near the end of his news conference on Tuesday, after fortifying his blue line with the signings of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, and adding to his goal crease with the addition of Justin Peters, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was asked if he thought the Caps have enough depth at the forward position.
“I do,” he responded. “We’re real deep on the right side....
By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG)
Day one of the 2014 free agency period was absolute mayhem. As per usual, multiple free agents were offered ridiculous terms at unbelievable dollar figures. Others settled for more reasonable dollar figures and others, we are looking at you, Brad Richards, settled for startlingly low deals in an attempt to re-establish themselves as top...
Brooks Orpik has signed a contract with the Washington Capitals. In 11 seasons with the Penguins, Orpik had 132 points in 703 games, and a career plus/minus rating of plus-32. He has also represented the United States twice in the Olympics, winning bronze in 2010. Follow me on twitter, @StevenEllisNHL.
from Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post,
After one month of tedious preparation had resulted in $68.9 million of NHL contracts signed within a few hours, Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan walked downstairs at the team’s practice facility and into the locker room, where reporters awaited. “Be nice,” he jokingly said as he approached the podium. “Be nice.”
Former Penguin and Olympian signs contract with Washington.
Mere hours after signing Brooks Orpik away from their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a five-year, $27.5M deal, the Capitals were back at it. Now they’ve signed former Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, who had his best season as a pro last year, to a seven-year, $40.25M deal.
Niskanen posted career highs with 10 goals, 36 assists, 46 total points, and a +33 rating that was...
from Stan Fischler of The Fischerl Report,
* `Paul (The Overrated) Stastny to the Blues looks a lot better than it will be for St.Louis. This is a case of style -- or media hype -- over substance.
* Good, Stastny is; but not nearly exceptional as the deal he's got would indicate.
* The Babbling Brooks Orpik to the Capitals move has inspired a lot of anti-Orpik hostility...
When the Capitals made the announcement that former Assistant General Manager Brian MacLellan would be taking over his old boss' place, there was a fair amount of concern that we would be getting the same old deal. With today's mega-signing of Brooks Orpik, I think we are seeing something different in the new GM, but it isn't the good kind of different. Continue reading...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Teams spent more than half a billion dollars on 75 players, which dwarfed last year’s $340 million in the first day of free-agency and was considerably higher than the 2009 $384 million, according to TSN’s counter.
There could be “cartoon anvils” over some general managers’ heads, as one of their brethren said — how...