Orpik inks a one-year deal worth a cool million, comes back to DC to Rock the Red for one more year (at least).
By Evan Redmon, July 24, 2018
Brooks Orpik re-signs with the Capitals after Avalanche release him in salary move
The Washington Capitals made like the Beatles and said “Hello Goodbye Hello”; Brooks Orpik re-signs with the Stanley Cup champs.
And no, it never gets old typing that.
Orpik, the 37-year-old defensive guru, inked a $1 million, one-year deal with a half million in incentives. Brooksy was traded to the Avalanche in a salary cap dump last month, and Colorado bought out the final year of the contract, leaving him free to rejoin the Caps.
Brooks Orpik re-signs, will be skating back with the champs
Now that Brooks Orpik re-signs, Capitals young-uns get their mentor back
Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan is as happy as anyone that Orpik is coming back. True, at the crotchety age of 37, he might not have the speed he once did. However, he more than makes up for it with experience and toughness.
Along with fellow re-signees (is that even a word?) John Carlson, Michal Kempny and forward Devante Smith-Pelly, the Capitals have the majority of their championship core coming back to defend The Cup.
Nevertheless, the Caps will need to reply on their youth if they want to repeat.
The team will certainly look to add one more defensive player before the 2018-19 season starts, and that will most likely come from their development squad. The most promising candidates are Jonas Siegenthaler, Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs; whoever ends up stepping up, Orpik will be there to teach the pup how not to chew his collar.
In any case, it will be great to have another familiar name rocking the red. The more players the Caps keep from their Stanley Cup run, the better.