The Washington Capitals announced this week that they’ve signed Brooks Orpik to a 1-year, 1 million dollar contract, bringing the defenseman back to the team just one month after they traded him to the Colorado Avalanche along with goaltender Philipp Grubauer. The trade was made to help Washington clear some cap space in order to allow them to keep their other blueliners, John Carlson, Michal Kempny, and Devante Smith-Pelly. Colorado ended up buying out Orpik’s contract, making him a free agent and giving the Capitals the opportunity to bring him back onboard with a much more “team friendly” contract.
Orpik, who signed with the Capitals back in 2014, has been a leader for the team and a staple to the Washington franchise. While he doesn’t bring a whole ton of speed or scoring potential to the table, the team values his leadership. Now that Washington has both Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey coming off of their rookie seasons, they’re clearly looking for the veteran defenseman to mentor them and help build their skill set.
With this move, the Capitals have brought back their entire Stanley Cup winning blue line. Now all the team is left to work on is sealing the deal with winger Tom Wilson.