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How They Signed Him: The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a five-year, $27.5 million dollar contract. Adam Vingan from NHL.com tells us GM Brian MacLellan felt a need to shore up the defense.
Can He Fill The Role? Orpik is not going to fill the role required for the duration of this contract. By reputation, he is an established shutdown defenseman with over 700 NHL games on his resume. His numbers at Extra Skater suggest his possession totals have been eroding for some time, and this contract is a classic example of reputation trumping reality.
Why Will He Go? The Capitals brought Orpik to their organization to help the team defensively in a feature role. The numbers in Pittsburgh showed he's going the wrong way. That's not unusual at 33, but signing a player of this type to a long, rich contract is poor judgement. He is a prime candidate for buyout during this deal.