Just a month after being traded and bought out by the Colorado Avalanche, Brooks Orpik returns to the Capitals on a one-year, $1 million deal. Orpik’s return ensures that Washington will return all six defensemen from last season after re-signing John Carlson and Michal Kempny earlier this summer. This time around, however, Orpik will be on a much more team-friendly contract compared to the $5.5 million he made in 2017-18.
The 37-year-old Orpik was a bit of a scapegoat for the Capitals’ fanbase as his declining speed and inflated salary made him an easy target for criticism, but his veteran presence on the blue line was still a valuable asset for the Capitals as they finally won their first title this past June. While Orpik’s return could be beneficial to the Capitals, it will make things tougher on young prospects like former first-round pick Lucas Johansen, Jakub Jerabek, and Madison Bowey to crack the lineup.
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