Capitals re-sign Brooks Orpik to one-year deal

Chris Lingebach
July 24, 2018 - 4:18 pm
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In an impressive finagling of the salary cap, the Washington Capitals have resigned defenseman Brooks Orpik to a one-year deal valued at $1 million, GM Brian MacLellan announced on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, the club disclosed.

"Brooks has been a valuable player and a great mentor for our young players and we are thrilled to bring him back to our organization," MacLellan said. "We feel his leadership and competitiveness on and off the ice will be welcomed back to our group."

Orpik spent four seasons with the Capitals – from 2014-15 to 2017-18 – and was a huge contributor in their run to winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Set to earn $5.5 million in the final year of his contract – a five-year deal valued at $27.5 million –  Orpik was traded to Colorado, along with backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer, for a second-round draft pick in June, just hours before the start of the NHL Draft.

After immediately signing Grubauer to an extension, the Avalanche bought out the final year of Orpik's contract, making him a free agent.

The Capitals now get the outcome they'd hoped for, returning a key piece of their championship equation on a much more affordable deal.

Orpik led the Capitals with 168 blocked shots and ranked second on the club – and first among Caps defenseman – with 218 hits in 2017-18. He also registered 10 points (0 goals, 10 assists) in 81 regular-season games, and an additional five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Caps have retained the majority of their championship roster, apart from Grubauer, veteran center Jay Beagle and, of course, head coach Barry Trotz.

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