Brooks Orpik D WAS 3 Months

Brooks Orpik is projected to be paired with John Carlson or Mike Green in Washington.

He has shown signs of slowing down, so it was surprising to see the Capitals grant him a five-year deal worth a total of $27.5 million. Washington targeted him as a player they needed, so they were willing to outspend the competition to land him.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 3 Months

Brooks Orpik has signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 3 Months

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford declined to comment on the free agent status of Brooks Orpik on Monday.

Rutherford said he thinks that Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen will test the market, but he didn't say anything regarding Orpik. The physical blueliner can become an unrestricted free agent in July and it's still unclear where he stands with the organization. Pittsburgh has some solid defensemen in their system (Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington and Derrick Pouliot), who could get a chance to play in the NHL next season.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 4 Months

Brooks Orpik (knee) said he could've been available to return in the Stanley Cup Final.

However, the Penguins lost in Game 7 to the New York Rangers during the second round of the postseason. Orpik suffered a knee injury in Game 4 and he wasn't able to return. Now, he faces the prospect of becoming an unrestricted free agent while Pittsburgh searches for a new general manager. "We still have time," Orpik's agent, Lewis Gross said. "Brooks isn't a free agent until July. We're not worried about Pittsburgh not having a GM right now." It's unclear if he'll be back with the Penguins next season, but he would certainly attract interest on the open market if he makes it there.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 5 Months

Brooks Orpik (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's game-day skate.

He isn't expected to play in Game 7 against the New York Rangers and was seen sporting a brace on his right knee. There's no timetable in place for his return to the lineup.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 5 Months

Do not expect to see Brooks Orpik in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 7 Tuesday.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that the Penguins have no timetable for his return and the team does not think he will be back soon. Orpik suffered an apparent knee injury in Game 4 and has missed the last two games, which were both Pittsburgh losses.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 5 Months

Brooks Orpik (leg) did not practice on Saturday.

Orpik was injured in Game 4 after missing the previous five games with an undisclosed injury. The two injuries were not the same and the leg injury forced Orpik to miss Game 5 as well. He is doubtful for Game 6 at this time.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 5 Months

Brooks Orpik (knee) isn't available for Game 5 on Friday.

Orpik returned from an undisclosed injury on Wednesday, but left the contest after sustaining a separate ailment. He wasn't on the ice for the Penguins' pregame warmups.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 5 Months

Brooks Orpik suffered what's believed to be a knee injury during Wednesday's game.

Orpik appeared to sustain the ailment while checking Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello in the first period. Orpik missed the final two periods as a result. It was his first game back from an undisclosed injury and he ended up logging just 5:15 minutes.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 5 Months

Brooks Orpik is back in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday night after sitting out the Pens' last five games with an undisclosed injury.

Robert Bortuzzo will sit in the press box for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, while Rob Scuderi gains a U.S. Olympian on his flank as Orpik's return bolsters Pittsburgh's defense.