Brooks Orpik was signed on Day 1 of the Free Agency Period. The signing was followed, quickly, with a lot of skepticism with the amount of time and money that was given to Orpik.
Brooks Orpik is set to turn 34 in September of this year and was given a pay raise from last year by more than a million a year additional.
Orpik was asked if he was worth that amount in a teleconference and his response was perfect…
“Why am I worth that? That’s probably a better question for the people who give out the contracts,” Orpik said during his introductory teleconference. “I think my body of work speaks for itself.”
A player should be able to show his worth on the ice and not have to explain it, although in this case, it is different for Orpik.
Brooks Orpik does fill a need for the Washington Capitals. He fills a big need that they have. The Capitals have always struggled on defense and Orpik is one to stay at home and not get out of position. He is a physical player.
Barry Trotz helped the understanding by backing his GM.
“I know that [MacLellan's] taken some heat on that,” Trotz said. “The things that Brooks Orpik does, you can’t put a value on.
“One of the things that’s been common, there hasn’t been a physical, net-front type of defenseman [in Washington]. Who does Alexander Ovechkin play? He’s one of the strongest, most dangerous players in the League and he plays against Brooks Orpik all the time. We need those players.”
Orpik has not missed more than 20 games in his career during a season. He has played at least 63 games in each season except for his very first one in the NHL. The Washington Capitals had the highest turn-style in the entire league at the blue-line, playing 14 different players. They need some stability back their to have any type of success in this league. Injuries are a part of the game but you need to minimalize those and counter-act them as best as possible.