|Assets:||Has excellent recovery speed and leadership ability. Plays a punishing brand of hockey, is good at keeping the game simple and adept at blocking shots. Can be used in a shutdown role.|
|Flaws:||Lacks offensive ability and struggles when he has to handle the puck a lot. Doesn't shoot the puck enough. Can get himself out of position when lining opponents up for a big hit. Takes a few bad penalties.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran physical defenseman.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2008-09 (Pittsburgh)|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2003-04|
|Olympic||Olympic Silver Medal||2010 (USA)|
|3/19/2015||Missed 4 games (lower body injury).|
|3/11/2015||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a five-year contract.|
|5/13/2014||Missed the last 3 playoff games (sprained right knee).|
|5/09/2014||Sprained right knee, day-to-day.|
|5/07/2014||Missed the last 5 playoff games (undisclosed).|
|4/13/2014||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|4/09/2014||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|4/06/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/27/2013||Missed 8 games (concussion).|
|12/09/2013||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|5/07/2013||Missed the last 2 regular season and first 3 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|4/25/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/25/2012||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|2/21/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/20/2011||Missed 8 games (hernia surgery).|
|10/18/2011||Hernia surgery, injured reserve.|
|10/06/2011||Hernia surgery, day-to-day.|
|3/27/2011||Missed 13 games (broken finger).|
|2/25/2011||Broken finger, injured reserve.|
|10/23/2010||Missed 6 games (groin).|
|4/14/2010||Missed the last game of the regular season (lower body injury).|
|4/11/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/19/2010||Missed 4 games (lower body injury).|
|1/11/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/21/2009||Missed 4 games (hip injury).|
|11/12/2009||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|1/30/2009||Missed 3 games (undisclosed).|
|7/02/2008||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a six-year contract.|
|11/06/2006||Missed 11 games (hand surgery).|
|10/05/2006||Hand surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/23/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract.|
|3/06/2006||Suspended by the NHL for three games.|
|1/21/2006||Missed 12 games (shoulder injury).|
|1/19/2006||Broken foot, late January.|
|12/27/2005||Broken foot, sidelined indefinitely.|
|9/13/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year contract.|
|4/05/2004||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) for conditioning.|
|10/11/2003||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|12/31/2002||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|12/09/2002||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/05/2002||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/02/2001||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|8/14/2001||Re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|6/24/2000||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1st round (18th overall) in 2000.|
| 07/28/2015 6:47 PM
NewsOrpik underwent a successful surgery on his wrist on Tuesday.
Brooks Orpik could play with Carlson or Green | 07/02/2014 9:26 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik is projected to be paired with John Carlson or Mike Green in Washington.
ImpactHe 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 signs with the Washington Caps | 07/01/2014 1:02 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik has signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.
Pens GM mum on pending UFA Brooks Orpik | 06/24/2014 11:36 AM
NewsPittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford declined to comment on the free agent status of Brooks Orpik on Monday.
ImpactRutherford 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 faces uncertainty with Penguins | 05/29/2014 12:15 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (knee) said he could've been available to return in the Stanley Cup Final.
ImpactHowever, 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.
Orpik (knee) absent from Tuesday's skate | 05/13/2014 12:52 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's game-day skate.
ImpactHe 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 likely out for Game 7 | 05/12/2014 11:20 AM
NewsDo not expect to see Brooks Orpik in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 7 Tuesday.
ImpactRob 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 does not practice Saturday | 05/11/2014 10:34 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik (leg) did not practice on Saturday.
ImpactOrpik 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 won't play on Friday | 05/09/2014 6:56 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (knee) isn't available for Game 5 on Friday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactOrpik 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's return to lineup doesn't last | 05/08/2014 9:37 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik suffered what's believed to be a knee injury during Wednesday's game.
ImpactOrpik 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 returns for Game 4 | 05/07/2014 7:30 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik is back in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday night after sitting out the Pens' last five games with an undisclosed injury.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactRobert 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.
Orpik won't play Sunday in Game 2 | 05/04/2014 12:49 PM
NewsFollowing up on an earlier post, Brooks Orpik will not play Sunday night in Game 2 against the Rangers.
Steve Zipay Twitter
ImpactHe's made progress in his recovery from an undisclosed injury but not enough to play.
Orpik skates for 1st time since injured | 05/04/2014 12:25 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (undisclosed) skated for the first time since leaving practice early a week ago.
ImpactOrpik's injury issue is under lockdown so we can't tell you whether he will be able to play Sunday night in Game 2 against the Rangers. However, the fact that he skated on Saturday is a very good sign his health status is improving. We would still consider Orpik as day-to-day.
Penguins miss veteran D-man Brooks Orpik | 05/03/2014 10:37 AM
NewsThe longest-tenured Penguins player remained out of the lineup as the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs opened in Pittsburgh against the New York Rangers Friday night.
ImpactBrooks Orpik was conspicuous by his absence in the Pens' 3-2 overtime loss as Pittsburgh suffered many defensive lapses in the game. Orpik, out with an undisclosed injury, has missed three straight following an injury suffered in Game 4 against Columbus or in an ensuing practice before Game 5 of that first-round series. Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo again replaced Orpik in the lineup. It remains unknown when Orpik will return to the lineup. He was seen on an exercise bike before Game 6 in Columbus, but has not skated with the team since leaving practice early last week at Southpointe. Right wing Brian Gibbons also remained out. He hasn't played since Game 2 against Columbus.
Brooks Orpik still out w/ undisclosed injury | 04/28/2014 10:18 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik is still out with an undisclosed injury.
ImpactThis is according to coach Dan Bylsma who would not say anything more but he was seen limping in the dressing room Friday. The Penguins play in Game 6 in Columbus Monday but do not expect to see Orpik in the lineup.
Brooks Orpik out for Game 5 with injury | 04/26/2014 7:23 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (undisclosed) did not play Saturday night in Game 5 against the Blue Jackets.
Penguins on Twitter
ImpactThe physical defenseman has had a solid postseason so far, with two points, nine hits and seven blocked shots in four games. Robert Bortuzzo drew into the lineup in Orpik's place.
Brooks Orpik doesn't skate, may sit out Gm 5 | 04/26/2014 3:58 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (undisclosed) didn't practice Saturday and it's unclear of he'll play in Game 5.
ImpactHe left practice early on Friday and his status will be a game-time decision. If Orpik is unable to play then Deryk Engelland or Robert Bortuzzo could make their series debut in his place.
Brooks Orpik scores buzzer beater Monday | 04/22/2014 10:53 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik scored with less than two seconds remaining in the second period of Monday's game.
ImpactIt was Pittsburgh's first goal of the contest and started their come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the first round. Orpik has two goals and 15 points in 90 career playoff games.
Brooks Orpik: Pens must stay focused at home | 04/19/2014 10:57 AM
NewsThe Penguins have struggled at Consol Energy Center in the postseason and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik sees a connection to their troubles in their new building and the Penguins' inability to control their emotions.
Impact"I don't think it's a reach," Orpik said. "We tend to play a little bit different at home for whatever reason. I don't know if it's the excitement of the crowd or trying to impress the crowd. You always hear the term `a good road game,' which you want to duplicate at home. It's more boring, responsible. I don't think we're the only team that's fallen victim to it, but it has shown in the last couple of years." The Penguins were 22-9 during the Sidney Crosby era in playoff games at Civic Arena. At Consol Energy Center, they are 8-8. "We can talk about it until we're blue in the face," Orpik said. "Every guy has to be more disciplined."
| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik returned to action on Sunday April 13.
Brooks Orpik won't play Saturday afternoon | 04/12/2014 1:45 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik won't be in Pittsburgh's lineup Saturday afternoon.
Shelly Anderson on Twitter
ImpactHe dressed Wednesday after he sat out Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury. It doesn't like his injury is anything serious and the Penguins could just be resting him for the playoffs. He is listed as day-to-day.
| 04/10/2014 4:55 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
Brooks Orpik wants to remain in Pittsburgh | 04/08/2014 10:56 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik wants to remain a Penguin.
ImpactOrpik becomes an unrestricted free agent in July and has only called Pittsburgh home in his NHL career as he has played 701 games in the Steel City. He trails only Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Rick Kehoe in games played but at 33 and with the Penguins having a huddle of young defensemen ready to shine, his presence may no longer be needed. "I've thought about it a ton," Orpik said about his impending free agency. "I think that's just natural. It's always on your mind. But the only thing you can do about it now is to just try to have the same approach to games. I don't want to say it puts more pressure on you, but you're definitely aware of what your individual situation is." He has 13 points in 70 games as well as 217 hits and 140 blocked shots.
Source: No discipline expected for Orpik | 03/31/2014 11:32 AM
NewsAccording to a source, Brooks Orpik won't face any discipline for his hit on Jonathan Toews.
ImpactThe Chicago captain was forced to leave Sunday's game with an apparent arm injury after he was nailed with hard check into the boards from Orpik. Orpik wasn't assessed a penalty on the play.
Orpik: Penguins need to get more disciplined | 03/22/2014 11:29 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins need to get more disciplined, argues Brooks Orpik.
ImpactPittsburgh has allowed its opponents 42 power-play opportunities in its last 11 games. "Let's be honest. We've gone pretty far over the line with some of the penalties we've taken," Orpik said. "It hasn't been riding that line. There have been a couple where maybe it's marginal calls, but there have been others where we've watched replays and it's not even questionable." Orpik doesn't think there's any single Penguins' player that's particularly guilty. For now, it doesn't matter much because the Penguins have already secured the Metropolitan Division title, but this is something they need to correct before the playoffs start.
Brooks Orpik looks good to play Thursday | 01/30/2014 8:27 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik took part in Wednesday's practice.
ImpactThis is just an FYI given that he missed Tuesday's morning skate for maintenance reasons. He's naturally projected to play on Thursday.
Brooks Orpik returns to Pens and plays well | 12/28/2013 10:08 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik returned to the Penguins' defense corps Friday night and was a plus 2 with an assist in his team's 4-3 triumph.
ImpactOrpik suffered a concussion in a nasty incident on Dec. 7, in which Boston's Shawn Thornton punched him in the face while he laid on the ice. Thornton was suspended for 15 games.
Penguins activate Brooks Orpik from IR | 12/27/2013 1:03 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (concussion) has been taken off injured reserve.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactHe is set to return to the lineup on Friday night after he was hurt on Dec. 7 in a nasty incident with Boston's Shawn Thornton. Orpik suffered a concussion when Thornton punched him in the face while he laid on the ice. He took line rushes in the team's morning skate with Deryk Engelland.
Brooks Orpik might be back on Friday | 12/23/2013 3:00 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (concussion) skated with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
ImpactOrpik isn't quite ready to return in time for Monday's contest, but he might play on Friday. He's already passed a baseline test.
Brooks Orpik could be back on Friday | 12/22/2013 2:09 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (concussion) might be available to return after the NHL's holiday break.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactHe said he could be ready to play against Carolina on Friday. Orpik has missed the Penguins' last seven games with a concussion.
Brooks Orpik back at practice Friday | 12/21/2013 10:05 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik (concussion) was back at practice Friday.
ImpactOrpik spoke to the media afterwards and said that he has forgiven Shawn Thornton for his slewfoot and subsequent punches that caused the concussion. "I talked to him that night, and I talked to him the day after. He was really apologetic," Orpik said of Thornton. "I got to know him pretty well the last four or five years. Last year, I think we skated, I don't know, it was a long lockout, so probably 40, 50 times together, worked out together, went to lunch together, stuff like that. He texted me. He was really apologetic. My record is far from perfect in this league or far from being completely clean. I think he knew he made a mistake and regretted it right away. I've had the same feeling with certain incidents that I've been a part of. I think you just try to learn from it and move on and try to be smarter in similar situations going forward. Like I said, I know him pretty well. He's always been a pretty good friend of mine." There is no timetable for his return.
Brooks Orpik passes a baseline test | 12/20/2013 1:03 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (concussion) has passed a baseline test.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactOrpik also participated in some contact drills on Thursday. He's been sidelined for six straight games. We're still listing him as day-to-day for now.
Bylsma: Orpik skating not sign of progress | 12/13/2013 12:07 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins are downplaying the fact that Brooks Orpik skated Friday morning.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactOrpik got back on the ice just six days after being removed from Saturday's game on a stretcher. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma warned that Orpik is still experiencing symptoms and this was just "a light exercise." He didn't want Orpik skating to be interpreted as a sign of progress.
Brooks Orpik (concussion) resumes skating | 12/13/2013 10:43 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik (concussion) was on the ice Friday morning.
ImpactIt's encouraging to see Orpik skating just six days after being removed from Saturday's game on a stretcher. Of course, given that he has a concussion, there's still no timetable for his return.
Brooks Orpik also has a sore back/neck | 12/10/2013 10:18 AM
NewsIn addition to a concussion, Brooks Orpik has a sore neck and back.
ImpactOrpik was knocked down by Boston's Shawn Thornton on Saturday. Once Orpik was already on the ground, Thornton punched Orpik twice in the head. Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher while unconscious. His concussion symptoms include headaches. As is typically the case with these types of injuries, there is no timetable for his return.
Pens place Brooks Orpik on injured reserve | 12/09/2013 11:05 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have placed Brooks Orpik on injured reserve with a concussion.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactOrpik was slew-footed on Saturday by Sean Thornton who then proceeded to punch the prone Pittsburgh defenseman twice in the head. Orpik was unconscious and was carted off the ice on a stretcher. Consider him out indefinitely for now.
Brooks Orpik likely has a concussion | 12/08/2013 9:28 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik likely has a concussion according to coach Dan Bylsma.
ImpactOrpik was slew-footed by the Bruins Sean Thornton and then punched in the head twice. He was unconscious on the ice and taken off on a stretcher but regained conscious and was released from the hospital. He traveled back to Pittsburgh with the team. "I think he was out (unconscious) on the ice for a period of time, and I think that means he's got a concussion," Bylsma said. While Orpik underwent a series of tests in a Boston hospital, the Penguin doctors will conduct their own testing as early as Sunday. Consider him day-to-day at best at this time.
Brooks Orpik leaves hospital, travels w/ team | 12/07/2013 10:39 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik was released from the hospital Saturday night and is traveling to Pittsburgh with the team.
ImpactThe Penguins defenseman was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after he was taken down by Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and then punched twice in the head. This is great news considering how scary it all looked initially. It's unclear whether he is good to practice/play, so we will leave his status as day-to-day for now.
Penguins: Orpik is 'alert and conscious' | 12/07/2013 9:02 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik has been taken to the hospital and is "alert and conscious," according to the Penguins.
Penguins on Twitter
ImpactThis is obviously great news. Orpik was slew-footed, then punched in the head by Bruins forward Sean Thornton in the first period of Saturday's game and was taken off on a stretcher after being knocked out. He then went to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Brooks Orpik leaves game on a stretcher | 12/07/2013 7:46 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik left Saturday night's game against the Bruins on a stretcher.
Penguins on Twitter
ImpactBruins' Shawn Thornton went after the defenseman during a stoppage in play, slew-footed him down to the ground and then punched him in the head while he was down on the ice, knocking Orpik out. Orpik had hit Loui Eriksson in the first period, forcing him to leave the game, and Thornton was going after him repeatedly since. Thornton was given a match penalty and will probably be facing further discipline from the league for this.
Brooks Orpik given maintenance day Friday | 12/07/2013 9:11 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik was given a maintenance day off on Friday.
ImpactHe accompanied the Penguins to Boston where they will play on Saturday. It looks like Orpik will be in the lineup. He has a goal and seven points in 30 games with a plus-one rating and 10 penalty minutes this season so he is not worth owning in traditional pools.
| 10/04/2013 1:34 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik returned to action on Thursday October 3.
Brooks Orpik returns to practice | 09/29/2013 9:52 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) returned to practice on Saturday.
ImpactThis is good news for the Penguins who earlier in the day received bad news with the injury to Kris Letang. Orpik had eight points and 32 penalty minutes in 46 games last season. He has some fantasy value as he will pick up penalty minutes and should have a good plus/minus.
Brooks Orpik is out with a lower-body injury | 09/27/2013 4:58 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik has sustained a lower-body injury.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactThe Penguins are listing Orpik as day-to-day. He had eight points and 32 penalty minutes in 46 games last season.
Report: Pens will try to extend Brooks Orpik | 06/28/2013 10:25 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend defenseman Brooks Orpik this summer, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
ImpactOrpik has one year and $3.75 million left on his contract. According to the paper, the Penguins would rather re-sign him now than try to replace him via free agency for a few reasons. Pittsburgh is wary of rushing its bevy of defensive prospects to the NHL level before they're are ready. GM Ray Shero also reportedly believes replacing Orpik in free agency would cost more than retaining the physical defenseman.
Pens' Brooks Orpik dejected after 2OT loss | 06/06/2013 10:38 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik felt awful after Boston center Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in Game 3.
Impact"I think everybody can realize how we felt and I felt," said Orpik, who missed his check and failed to control a streaking Bergeron who deflected home the game winner. "You feel like you let 19 guys down. It's not a good feeling." Two shifts before the goal occurred Boston's Milan Lucic rocked Orpik with a stiff check, but the tough as nails Penguins blueliner didn't miss any playing time.
Orpik gets GWG in OT, Pens head to Round 2 | 05/11/2013 10:18 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik potted the game-winning goal in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime win against the Islanders on Saturday night that sends them into the second round.
ImpactYes, Orpik and his 12 career NHL goals (first in the playoffs) gets the decisive goal at 7:49 of overtime on a slapshot. Sure, what counts is that Penguins won the series 4-2, but they were far from consistent in this game (and series). Now it's time to turn the page and forget about their ragged play Paul Martin had a goal and two helpers, while Pascal Dupuis and Jarome Iginla notched the other markers. Matt Niskanen, Joe Vitale, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby had the other assists. Malkin had a rough game in every zone until he fed Martin on the 3-3, game-tying goal with 5:16 left. The Penguins will now face the Senators in Round 2.
Brooks Orpik thinks this team is different | 05/08/2013 9:50 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik didn't want to acknowledge any similarities to this series against the Islanders and last year's early playoff exit against Philadelphia.
Impact"It's a different group of guys, a different series," Orpik said. "I don't let that stuff hang over my head. You learn from it, you move in, but I don't think you go back to it." The Penguins have suffered some of the same bad defensive lapses and some shaky goaltending, which plagued them versus the Flyers. Orpik returned to Pittsburgh's lineup in Game 4 from a lower-body injury. He had a minus-1 rating, one hit, two blocks and two penalty minutes during his 18:44 of ice time.
Brooks Orpik back in for Pens for Game 4 | 05/07/2013 7:09 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik will return from his lower-body injury Tuesday night.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactGame 4 will mark his 2013 playoff debut. Orpik hasn't played since April 23, but his presence on the back end should help bring some stability to Pittsburgh.
Brooks Orpik practices Tuesday, will be a GTD | 05/07/2013 1:02 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) practiced Tuesday but wouldn't commit to playing in Game 4 tonight.
Katie Strang on Twitter
ImpactOrpik has been sidelined since April 23 but has been skating of late. The Penguins really miss his physical presence in the lineup, especially against Islanders forwards John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. We'll have to wait until pregame warmups to see if Orpik will return tonight.
Penguins miss Brooks Orpik on defense | 05/07/2013 10:42 AM
NewsThe Penguins miss Brooks Orpik's shutdown presence on defense.
ImpactOrpik hasn't played since April 23 because of a lower-body injury, though he did skate on Monday. It's tough to gather -- even more so in the playoffs -- whether Orpik could return Tuesday night. "He's strong, he's physical, he's very good in his own end, and he's tough to take it to the net against," Islanders winger Brad Boyes said. "With him out of the lineup, it does help us."
Brooks Orpik (lower body) skates Monday | 05/06/2013 5:14 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) took to the ice for Monday's optional practice.
ImpactHe hasn't played since April 23 because of a lower-body issue and his status for Game 4 is still unclear.
Orpik did not skate Friday | 05/04/2013 1:30 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower-body injury) did not skate Friday morning nor did he play Friday night against the Islanders in Game 2 of the Penguins' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
ImpactWe are not sure if Orpik suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower-body injury or not. He did practice Wednesday and Thursday so we are curious as to why he didn't take the ice on Friday. Stay tuned for further updates.
Brooks Orpik out, Engelland in for Game 1 | 05/01/2013 5:54 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) will not play Wednesday night when Pittsburgh hosts the Islanders in Game 1 of their quarterfinal series.
ImpactHe skated before and during Wednesday's morning skate, but isn't ready to return from a lower-body injury. Deryk Engelland will play in his place.
Brooks Orpik skates Tuesday, will be a GTD | 04/30/2013 1:47 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) skated on his own Tuesday morning and will be a game-time decision Wednesday night vs. the Islanders.
Penguins on Twitter
ImpactOrpik is just one of several game-time decisions Wednesday night, including Sidney Crosby, who could be cleared for game action Tuesday afternoon. Owners who drafted either Penguin in their playoff pools will just have to wait until at least Wednesday's morning skate for more info.
Brooks Orpik skates on his own Monday | 04/29/2013 5:30 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) skated before Monday's practice.
Josh Yohe on Twitter
ImpactHis lone wolf skating session is the first time he's been on the ice since sustaining a lower-body injury last week. His status for Wednesday in Game 1 versus the Islanders is uncertain.
Brooks Orpik (lower body) hasn't practiced | 04/29/2013 12:54 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower body) hasn't resumed practicing yet since leaving a game last Tuesday.
ImpactHe sat out the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body ailment. Orpik is considered day-to-day.
Orpik listed as day-to-day | 04/27/2013 1:00 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik (lower-body injury) is listed as day-to-day and his availability for Saturday's contest is up in the air.
Rob Rossi Twitter
ImpactWe would play it safe and keep Orpik on reserve.
Brooks Orpik won't play Thursday vs. Devils | 04/25/2013 2:19 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik won't dress Thursday due to a lower-body injury.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactHe stayed back in Pittsburgh with his teammates visiting the New Jersey Devils Thursday night. Orpik was injured on Tuesday and should be considered day-to-day for now.
Brooks Orpik leaves game Tues. with LBI | 04/24/2013 11:56 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik didn't finish Tuesday's loss to Buffalo because of a lower-body injury.
ImpactHe will be re-evaluated and it isn't clear if he would've been able to return or if he was held out as a precaution. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Orpik, Eaton weigh in on visor debate | 03/07/2013 3:06 PM
NewsBrooks Orpik is being swayed into wearing a visor by the fact that many of the league's biggest stars already do so.
Impact"Some of the guys say that can't see as well," Orpik said. "Well, I look around and see Sid (Sidney Crosby), Geno (Evgeni Malkin) and (Tampa Bay star Steven) Stamkos wearing visors out there. They're the best players in the game, and they have plenty of vision even though they use visors. There's probably no excuse anymore." Many players are reconsidering their stance on visors after Marc Staal was struck in the eye during Tuesday's games. There are more stories, like that of Mark Eaton, whose eight-year-old daughter has pleaded with him to wear a visor after seeing Staal's injury. Eaton still is on the fence though because he feels wearing a visor would be "such a nuisance with the fog and water."
Orpik enjoys playing black-and-blue game | 02/05/2013 11:34 AM
NewsBrooks Orpik currently sits ninth in the league with 24 blocked shots heading into Tuesday night's action.
ImpactHe has 14 hits in nine games which is a lower total than you might expect him to have, but he isn't letting those numbers get to his head. "Blocking shots is, I think, the same as hits," Orpik said. "If you approach a game looking for that kind of stuff, you usually get caught out of position, or doing something you wouldn't normally do. You just have to be patient. Some games, you just have more opportunities for both. Some games, you might not have any." The Pittsburgh blueliner is averaging 23:43 of ice time per game. He has no points and a plus-1 rating as well.
Penguins not happy they blew 2-goal lead | 01/26/2013 11:49 AM
NewsThe Penguins got off to a fast start against the Jets on Friday night, but those good feelings quickly disappeared.
ImpactSidney Crosby scored twice in the first during his first game in Winnipeg, then Pittsburgh gave up three in the second and one in the third. "It`s obviously disappointing when you had a two-goal lead, no matter who you`re playing but especially in a building like this that can get pretty hostile," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "The way we started out, the way Sid got those goals and took their fans out of it, that`s a frustrating way to finish."
Conditioning coaches will be tested this year | 01/11/2013 12:22 PM
NewsIn a condensed season, physical recovery will be even more crucial.
ImpactPenguins' strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar will focus on "regeneration, rejuvenation and nutrition" this season as the Penguins will play 48 games in 99 days, with a number of three games in four nights situations. "Hydration, in my mind, is the biggest concern - it doesn`t take a lot to get behind the eight ball - and eating as organic as we can, which can get tough when you`re on the road and eating out of other buildings," Kadar said.
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|Points||2||2 times-last:at SJ||last:Feb 11||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||3 times-last:at TB||last:Nov 1||24|
|Plus/Minus||3||3 times-last:at NYR||last:Mar 29||3|
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