Within a few weeks of their loss to Boston in the Eastern Conference final earlier this year the Penguins signed forwards Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz and defenseman Kris Letang to contract extensions a year before their current deals expire.
Another seemingly logical player for such negotiations was defenseman Brooks Orpik their longest-tenured player.
Orpik who is entering the final season of a six-year $22.5 million deal was asked Monday whether he had had talks or plans to have talks with the Penguins about a new contract before he would become eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
"No comment" Orpik said. "I'd rather not talk about it."
It's not as if Orpik needs the motivation of playing in a contract year to be effective. When healthy he has been a reliable physical defenseman for years.
And he is healthy.
"I actually had a summer working out instead of rehabbing so I feel a little better strength-wise and timing-wise" s...