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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%: 14/12 | Average Draft Position: 120.50
WAS

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1/1/2015

Brooks Orpik, D, WAS

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.

7/1/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Caps Sign Orpik To Five-Year Deal

News: The Capitals have signed Brooks Orpik to a five-year, $27.5 million contract, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The Caps were looking to upgrade their blue line in free agency, and Brooks Orpik has an existing relationship with new assistant coach Todd Reirden, so it's certainly understandable that the Caps were high on his list even before factoring in the contract terms. Orpik had spent his entire career with archrival Pittsburgh, so the Caps are more than familiar with his body of work. However, given his style of play and the fact that he's 33 years old, it's not clear how many seasons of effective play the Caps will get out of the Olympian.

5/13/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Penguins' Orpik Iffy For Tuesday

News: Brooks Orpik is not expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Rangers, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Brooks Orpik likely out again Tuesday, look for either Robert Bortuzzo or Deryk Engelland to fill out the Penguins' blue line in Game 7 against New York.

5/12/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Penguins' Orpik Sidelined

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) missed his second consecutive game Sunday against the Rangers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: The report notes that the Penguins do not project a quick return for Brooks Orpik, which suggests that the blueliner is unlikely to suit up for Tuesday's Game 7 against New York.

5/11/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik (Undisclosed) Misses Morning Skate

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) missed the Penguins' morning skate on Sunday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik left Game 4 with the injury and didn't return to the ice for Game 5. The signs are pointing towards Orpik missing Sunday's contest as well, but warmups will tell more about his status.

5/9/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik (Undisclosed) Misses Warmups

News: Brooks Orpik was not on the ice for pregame warmups on Friday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: With that news, Brooks Orpik will likely miss Friday's Game 5 against the Rangers. He didn't return to the bench for the second period in Game 4, and appears to be out again. Robert Bortuzzo will take his spot in the lineup as the sixth defenseman.

5/7/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Missing For Second Period

News: Brooks Orpik did not return to the Penguins' bench for the second period of Wednesday's Game 4, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: It's currently unclear whether Brooks Orpik is dealing with the same injury that has kept him out of the past four games, or if this is something new. If he's unable to return, the Pens may be forced to roll with five defensemen for the remainder of Wednesday's game.

5/7/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Set To Play In Game 4

News: Brooks Orpik is in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Rangers.
Analysis: This confirms what had already been anticipated, as Brooks Orpik participated in pregame warm-ups with the team. He'll serve on the Pens' third defensive pairing, along with Robert Scuderi.

5/7/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik (Undisclosed) Skates In Warm-Ups

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) is on the ice for pregame warm-ups, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik also participated in the Pens' morning skate, which suggests he will be playing in Wednesday's Game 4. He's missed the team's past four games, but this could be headed for a turnaround, although nothing is for certain at this point. Orpik was paired with Robert Scuderi during warm-ups, suggesting that Robert Bortuzzo would be the healthy scratch if Orpik is healthy enough to go.

5/7/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Skates With Team

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) took part in the team's morning skate Wednesday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik has missed the team's last five games with an unknown injury, but could return to the lineup Wednesday night for Game 4. He registered a goal and an assist while racking up a plus-5 rating in four playoff games before getting hurt.

5/4/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Out Of Lineup Sunday

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) is out of the lineup for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to tend to the undisclosed ailment. Though he has resumed skating over the last couple of days, he'll need to increase his activity level before receiving clearance to play in games.

5/3/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Orpik (Undisclosed) Skates Saturday

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) took part in the team's optional skate on Saturday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik missed the last three games for an undisclosed reason, but appears to be in line to rejoin the team in the near future. However, another report indicates that Orpik has not officially rejoined the team yet. It is unclear why he hasn't been playing with the team, but they seem to want to keep the reason tight-lipped.

5/2/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik (Undisclosed) Out Friday

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) will miss Game 1 on Friday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik will miss his third straight game due to the injury, leaving his status going forward in question. The Penguins were able to squeak by the Blue Jackets in the first round, but his impact could be missed as they take on the high-powered Rangers in the second round.

4/30/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Misses Practice Wednesday

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik missed the last two games of the team's first round series against the Blue Jackets with a mysterious injury that is apparently still ailing him. He had two points in four playoff games before getting hurt.

4/28/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Out For Monday

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) will not play in Game 6 on Monday.
Analysis: There's still no update on the nature of Brooks Orpik's injury, but it will cost him his second straight game Monday. Robert Bortuzzo will fill in along the blue line for the Pens in Orpik's absence.

4/28/2014

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Brooks Orpik

Pens' Orpik Likely Out Monday

News: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) is not on the ice for pre-game warmups Monday.
Analysis: It looks like the veteran defenseman will miss his second straight contest, with Robert Bortuzzo taking his place on the active roster.