The Washington Capitals have addressed their defensive woes in the worst way possible, signing former Penguin Brooks Orpik to a five-year, $27.5-million disaster of a deal.
Orpik, 33, has never played a full NHL season. He was a defensive defenseman in Pittsburgh, logging over 20 minutes a night. He has been outshot his whole career and hasn’t posted a positive relative possession score.
In Washington, he will likely will be used as a second pairing defenseman.
Let’s review Orpik’s career and his new contract:
- Orpik played at the 2014 Olympics, maybe because the coach was Dan Bylsma.
- Orpik concussed Loui Eriksson with a hit he was not suspended for.
- Orpik has been on a steady offensive decline for years. It probably would have been more noticeable had he not played with two of the best players in the world.
- Orpik will be 38 at the end of this contract.
- Orpik is known as a poor skater and his contract with the Caps almost takes him over the hill.
- Orpik will command Washington’s fourth highest cap hit next season.
- Orpik’s salary is higher than anyone’s in this FA class (as of right now) except for Paul Stastny and Ryan Miller.