The Washington Capitals made a splash in the free agent market a couple of days ago. The biggest controversy was that of Brooks Orpik and the contract that he got. Let’s take a look at free agents that were signed on Day 1 for the Washington Capitals and their possible impacts on the Capitals in the coming years.
Orpik is 33 years old and was signed by the Washington Capitals for a total of 5 years for 27.5 million in total. This comes out to be about 5.5 million a year.
Brooks has played in 703 games over his career. In every year, Orpik played in at least 63 games except for his first year during the 2002-2003 season and of course the 2012-13 season due to the shortened season. During those 703 games he was able to score 13 goals and 119 assists. He has a plus/minus of 32 over his career. In the 2012-2013, Orpik finished 18th in the James Norris Trophy voting. He also averages 19:41 minutes per game. He is a defenseman that will stay at home and play defense. He is solid at the blue-line and plays a physical game. He also doesn’t take a lot of penalties either. He has just over a 1 minute per game for his career. His age is probably the biggest factor in his contract, being 33, he is getting up their in age. Orpik does keep himself in fantastic shape and could go for another couple of years.