What Ray Shero did as the Pittsburgh Penguins' GM was, for better or worse, remarkable. When handed the keys, it is true that the Pens had already added what would be the core of this team in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury. However, Shero would be at the center of many of the NHL's blockbuster trade deadline deals during his tenure.Go ahead, read the rest »
Dateline – [January 29, 2008.]
Brooks Orpik played on the fourth line because Michel Therrien was sick of him. Kind of amazing to think Orpik turned it around and has now made about 50 million playing defense.
Pens won the game that night. [ When in Rome. Pens win ]
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen’s uneven play contributed to the Caps recent losing streak. He’s one of the expensive free agent defenseman General Manager Brian MacLellan picked up over the summer, Brooks Orpik being the other. At $40.25 million for 7-years, a lot was expected of the then 27-year old. During the 2013-2014 NHL season, […]
The post Matt Niskanen’s...
The Pittsburgh Penguins are increasing their pursuit of Ryan Kesler, and it looks like they are ready to make an offer.
The proposed deal has Ryan Kesler going to the Penguins in return for Brandon Sutter, two draft picks (a first and a third it looks like) and the Canucks choice of a defenseman between Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin.
On the heels of the Ryan Miller trade...
WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will skate during warmups Thursday to determine if he will play in the Winter Classic
Orpik didn't practice Wednesday as the team went through its paces on the outdoor rink at Nationals Park. He injured his right knee Monday night against the New York Islanders.
Coach Barry Trotz said Orpik was doing better and that there...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2014
The Washington Capitals could be without defenseman Brooks Orpik for the Winter Classic on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Orpik injured his right knee Monday night against the New York Islanders. Capitals coach Barry Trotz says Orpik's availability will be a game-time decision. Orpik says he was feeling better Tuesday, but the injury is more painful than previous knee...
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December 30, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals could be without defenseman Brooks Orpik for the Winter Classic on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Orpik injured his right knee Monday night against the New York Islanders. Capitals coach Barry Trotz says Orpik's availability will be a game-time decision. Orpik says he was feeling better Tuesday, but the injury is more painful...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 2014
Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Todd Reirden all return to CEC today for the first time since the summer of the shake-up.Reirden was a fixture in the Pens' organization since 2008 when he joined the WBS Pens coaching staff. He made his way to the NHL behind the bench in 2010 and stayed there until he became part of the collateral damage from Bylsma's firing. The former NHL defenseman...
Brooks Orpik circa 2002. He wore 29 apparently.
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Josh Yohe interviewed Brooks Oprik, and Orpik said some weird things. [ TRIB ]
“There was something not right last year,” said Orpik, 34. “I guess stale is a good word. Something needed to change. I thought guys were affected by the outside pressure. There is a standard in Pittsburgh that is tough. We’d win games, and people would still be criticizing us. People were saying...
"I grew up a fan of the game. When I see the fans, I reflect back on my youth and the guys that played the game that took time for me. It's our duty, our responsibility," Brooks Orpik told Caps Outsider.
Merely 24 hours after a 4-3 loss in Tampa Bay, the Washington Capitals were brought to their knees in a 6-5 loss to the Arizona Coyotes Sunday night. The loss slipped right through Washington’s fingers, as a 3-1 lead dissolved before the team’s eyes.
Washington came out strong in their Nov. 2 contest against Arizona. Led by Tom Wilson, fresh off an ankle injury, Nicklaus Backstrom...
How much credit does this guy really deserve for the Caps’ early defensive success?
With another set of games in the books and a disappointing result against the Red Wings in the rearview mirror, it’s just about time for our weekly look back on the Caps, their players, and the future. Enough time-wasting with this introduction.
1) Let’s discuss, once again, the perceived...
Surprisingly, the Capitals’ game against the Calgary Flames last night was very chippy. Toward the end of the second period, the Capitals were up 2-1. The Flames cleared the puck into the Caps’ zone. Flames forward, Josh Jooris tried to pass the puck to one of his teammates, but Brooks Orpik wasn’t going to let that happen. Orpik came from behind to knock Jooris off his skates...
All of whom look exactly the same, except Brooks Orpik.
Saw this and it looks weird:
#Caps training camp's underway. Finallyyyyy. pic.twitter.com/jjD3OWeT96
— RMNB (@russianmachine) September 19, 2014
Orpik was a minus 5, and his a number in terms of advanced stats was negative 60 or something.
One way or another, the red will rock in DC.#159184798 / gettyimages.comHello! This will be a synoptic feature Mon-Sat the next five weeks to gear up for the start of the 2014-'15 season. We're going in reverse alphabetical order and alternating between the Eastern and Western Conferences, because why not?Washington CapitalsReviewRoster changes, IN: D Matt Niskanen, D Brooks...
Last year: 38-30-14, fifth in the Metro Division. Missed the postseason by three points. Key additions: Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters Key subtractions: Mikhail Grabovski, Jaroslav Halak, Michal Neuvirth, Dustin Penner (likely) Franchise direction: Like the rival Penguins, Washington chose to make major changes in the front office over overhauling its roster. In...
Anyone who thought the Capitals overpaid for Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik or both, know this: Both were offered more money by other teams, Niskanen by the Red Wings, Orpik by the Avalanche. The common denominator in bringing them together in Washington was Todd Reirden, their defensive coach in Pittsburgh. Really popular figure with all those guys. Worked...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Washington Capitals kept at their big spending pace as the afternoon turned to evening and they nabbed possibly the biggest defeseman in free agency with Matt Niskanen. This is the second Pittsburgh Penguins blue liner that they signed today (Brooks Orpik).
Capitals sign Matt Niskanen to 7-year deal worth $40.25 million. #SNSigningSeason http://t.co/jMn0KjyJcg pic.twitter.com...