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44 Brooks Orpik D
Height/Weight: 6-2/218 | Birthdate: 9/26/1980 | Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, USA | Team: Washington Capitals | College: Boston College | NHL Experience: 11 | Salary: $3,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 11/9
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8/3/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Likely Ready For Opener

News: General manager Brian MacLellan indicated Monday that he expects Brooks Orpik (wrist) to be ready for the beginning of the season, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik is expected to begin full workout activities within a week or two, barring a setback, so it should provide him plenty of time to recover before the season begins. Assuming that's indeed the case, he should open the season among the top two pairings, and could pick up a fair number of assists while working with the likes of Alex Ovechkin and offseason addition T.J. Oshie.

7/28/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Undergoes Wrist Surgery

News: Brooks Orpik underwent a successful surgery on his wrist on Tuesday.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik is expected to resume full workout activities in approximately two weeks, and should be ready to go by the time the puck drops for the Capitals' regular season opener. It sounds as though the veteran defender isn't in danger of missing any time once the season gets underway, but the Capitals should provide an update on his status closer to the start of the regular season. Orpik doesn't offer much in the way of offensive upside, but led all defensemen with 306 hits and ranked fourth with 192 blocked shots.

4/27/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Gets Assist In Win

News: Brooks Orpik notched his first point of the playoffs with an assist in Monday's Game 7 win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik has still yet to find the back of the net this season, but he continued to find other ways to produce in the playoffs. The defenseman's production may not always translated onto the scoresheet and thus may not help fantasy owners, but the 34-year-old has offered a solid presence on the blue line.

4/12/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Provides Assist In Finale

News: Brooks Orpik provided an assist in his 18:20 of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik finished the season without a goal for the third time in his career, but it's still safe to call his first year in Washington a success. The 34-year-old gave what had been a leaky Capitals defense a bulldog presence on the blue line, aiding goalie Braden Holtby to a career season. He led all NHL defensemen in hits (306) and ranked fourth in blocked shots (192).

3/19/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Back In Thursday

News: Brooks Orpik (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Wild, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik made it through the Capitals' gameday skate without incident, and is poised to reclaim his spot next to John Carlson on the team's top pairing. The blueliner, who missed the last four games with the injury, has no goals and 16 points in 67 games this season, but ranks near the top of the league in hits (256) and blocked shots (166).

3/18/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpk (Lower-Body) Returns To Practice

News: Brooks Orpik (lower body) was on the ice for practice on Wednesday, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik, who has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury, participated for the full session alongside usual blue line partner John Carlson. Barring a setback during Thursday's morning skate, Orpik looks like he should return to the lineup later that evening against the Wild. If you're in a league that counts hits, blocked shots, and PIM, Orpik should be ready to contribute in those categories fairly soon.

3/16/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Still Out

News: Brooks Orpik (lower body) isn't slated to play Monday against the Sabres, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The Caps will stick with the same lineup they used Sunday against the Bruins, so Brooks Orpik won't suit up before Thursday's game against the Wild.

3/14/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik To Sit Out Another

News: Brooks Orpik (lower body) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bruins, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik was able to get in a skate Friday and Saturday, but it doesn't appear he's progressing quickly enough to get back in the lineup for both ends of the Caps' back-to-back set that begins Sunday. Nate Schmidt will earn another nod in the lineup Sunday in Orpik's place.

3/13/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Skates Friday

News: Brooks Orpik (lower body), who has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Stars, was able to skate on his own during the morning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik will sit out a second straight contest, but seems to be trending in the right direction with his recovery. He should be considered day-to-day in advance of Sunday's tilt with the Bruins.

3/12/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik (Lower-Body) Will Not Play Friday

News: Head coach Barry Trotz said that Brooks Orpik (lower body) is likely to skate tomorrow, but will not play against the Stars, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik missed his first game of the season Wednesday, and with the playoffs drawing near, the coaches are likely being cautious with the rugged defenseman. Also, it gives them a chance to get Nate Schmidt, recently called up from AHL Hershey, a little more work, although a healthy Orpik would obviously be preferable. More known for his contributions in peripheral categories like hits and blocked shots, the 34-year-old defenseman's absence is a bigger blow to the Capitals than it is to most fantasy owners.

3/11/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Capitals' Orpik Out Wednesday

News: Brooks Orpik (lower body) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik was a game-time decision for Wednesday's game, and the Capitals decided he will not play. Consider him questionable for the Capitals' next game Friday against the Stars.

3/11/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik A Game-Time Call Wednesday

News: Coach Barry Trotz said that Brooks Orpik (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
Analysis: While he'll retain a questionable tag heading into the contest, Brooks Orpik's chances of playing don't appear promising after the injury prevented him from participating in Wednesday's morning skate. The blueliner, who has suited up for each of the Caps' previous 67 games this season, would give way to Cameron Schilling in the event he can't go Wednesday.

3/11/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik (Lower-Body) Exits Practice Early

News: Brooks Orpik left practice early Tuesday with a lower-body injury, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik is said to have re-aggrivated a preexisting ailment during the session, which resulted in his early removal. Coach Barry Trotz indicated Orpik's availability for Wednesday's crucial contest with the Rangers is in question. While the Capitals would surely miss his physical presence on the ice, Orpik doesn't have much value outside of deep leagues that count peripheral stats like hits and blocked shots, and this injury certainly doesn't change that.

2/12/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Has Rare Two-Point Game

News: Brooks Orpik set up two goals in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik is still looking for his first goal but now has as many points (13) as he had last year in 72 games for the Penguins. However, don't be fooled by the increase in offensive production as Orpik's game is mostly concentrated on hits and blocks.

2/6/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Earns Assist In Win

News: Brooks Orpik collected an assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov's second-period goal in Thursday's win over the Senators.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik is an asset in leagues that award points for hits and blocks, as he ranks first and third, respectively, in both categories among blueliners. In standard formats, however, it's hard to extract much value for Orpik, who provides little in the way of offense. He's still failed to find twine this season and only has 11 assists in 52 games.

1/1/2015

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik (Leg) In Starting Lineup

News: Brooks Orpik skated in warmups in advance of Thursday's Winter Classic and will play, Katie Strang of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik, who missed Wednesday's skate, is on the ice and will start the game after suffering a leg injury in Monday's game against the Islanders.

12/31/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Not Being Ruled Out For Classic -- Yet

News: Coach Barry Trotz said Brooks Orpik (leg) hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's Winter Classic yet, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Though he missed Wednesday's skate, Brooks Orpik will attempt to take pregame warmups, after which the Capitals will leave it on him to give an honest assessment of his health. At this juncture, it still appears likely that Orpik will sit out, but an official verdict on his status likely won't come until right before the puck drops.

12/31/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik (Leg) Now Unlikely For Winter Classic

News: Brooks Orpik (leg) now appears unlikely to play in Thursday's Winter Classic match against the Blackhawks, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik wasn't able to participate in Wednesday's practice, and given the afternoon start time of the Winter Classic, it sounds like the blueliner won't be healthy enough to give it a go. Nate Schmidt, who has been a scratch the last two games, is expected to assume Orpik's spot in the lineup.

12/30/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Capitals' Orpik (Leg) Questionable For Tuesday

News: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday that Brooks Orpik (leg) will be a game-time decision for Thursday against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Analysis: Trotz also said the team will take a cautious approach, while Brooks Orpik confirmed that his status is shaky. The veteran defenseman exited Monday's game with a right leg injury, and he was unable to rejoin the contest.

12/29/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Capitals' Orpik (Leg) Expected To Be Okay

News: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said after Monday's game that Brooks Orpik's leg injury is not as bad as it looked, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik was unable to put any weight on his right leg while exiting Monday's game. He did not return to the contest, but it seems the Capitals are fairly optimistic.

12/29/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Capitals' Orpik Leaves With Injury

News: Brooks Orpik exited Monday's game with an apparent right leg injury and will not return, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' website reports.
Analysis: The extent of Brooks Orpik's injury is uncertain, but he was unable to walk on his own or put any weight on his right leg. Expect an update on his status as more details become available.

12/27/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Orpik Helps Caps Blank His Former Team

News: Brooks Orpik registered an assist, a plus-3 rating, and seven hits in 24:04 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Penguins.
Analysis: A great outing from Brooks Orpik, who now has eight points (all assists) in 35 games on the season, to go with a plus-8 rating. Not known as a big offensive contributor, Orpik is more known for his solid defensive play. The 34-year-old has delivered for fantasy owners thus far, dishing out 134 hits and blocking 92 shots -- putting him among the top five NHL leaders in both categories. He can be valuable in fantasy, but don't expect more than 20 points.

12/5/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik A Defensive Wizard Thursday

News: Brooks Orpik contributed seven hits and blocked seven shots in Thursday's win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: As expected, Brooks Orpik hasn't provided much offense this season (six points in 25 games), but he's been a stud in his own end under the defensive-minded Barry Trotz. Orpik's last blocked shot of the night proved to be a critical one, as it denied a possible Alexander Semin game-tying attempt to preserve the win for the Capitals. The blueliner's fantasy value is mostly limited to specialty leagues, as Orpik's 99 hits and 73 blocks rank first and third, respectively, among all defensemen.

10/16/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Orpik Gets First Points With Caps

News: Brooks Orpik notched two assists Thursday in a win over the Devils -- his first points in a Capitals sweater.
Analysis: After spending the entirety of his career with the rival Penguins, Brooks Orpik brought his gritty, stay-at-home defensive style to Washington in the offseason. He won't rack up too many points, though, so he's best utilized in leagues that count hits and blocked shots.

10/10/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Caps' Orpik Provides Physical Presence In Debut

News: Brooks Orpik finished his Caps debut with six hits and two penalty minutes in 23:04 of ice time in the Capitals' 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal on Thursday.
Analysis: The Capitals raised some eyebrows when they signed the 34-year-old defenseman to a lucrative contract this summer, and although that contract may be problematic in the future, Brooks Orpik is certainly performing the role the team wants from him thus far. Still, he has little fantasy value outside of deeper leagues that count hits and/or penalty minutes.