Brooks Orpik. Five years, $27.5 million.
The Capitals could have added Paul Stastny for five years and five dollars and this still would have been a terrible day for Washington.
Instead, they also gave Matt Niskanen seven years and $40.25 million.
That's 12 years and $67.75 million to land the Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth- and fifth-best defensemen.
It was no secret that the Capitals were in the market for a defenseman. They were interested in Niskanen, and having former Penguins assistant coach Todd Reirden in the mix certainly made the Caps a more attractive destination. It turns out it helped land not just Niskanen, but Orpik as well.
Orpik will be 34 years old when the season begins and has been an absolute disaster the past three years as his speed and mobility have diminished. According to ExtraSkater, he has been a negative possession player, both raw and relative, both regular season and postseason, the past three seasons.
How do you think those numbers will look over the course of this five-year contract?
Niskanen has some upside, however, although Orpik should cancel that out. The 27-year-old played well when Orpik, Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi all went down at the same time with injuries last season, but he has not proved himself to be a top-pairing defenseman for longer than half a season.
Niskanen alone would have been a nice day for the Caps, but overpaying Orpik is too big a cloud hovering over the organization.