In an impressive finagling of the salary cap, the Washington Capitals have resigned defenseman Brooks Orpik to a one-year deal valued at $1 million, GM Brian MacLellan announced on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, the club disclosed.
"Brooks has been a valuable player and a great mentor for our young players and we are thrilled to bring him back to our organization," MacLellan said. "We feel his leadership and competitiveness on and off the ice will be welcomed back to our group."
The Capitals now get the outcome they'd hoped for, returning a key piece of their championship equation on a much more affordable deal.
Orpik led the Capitals with 168 blocked shots and ranked second on the club – and first among Caps defenseman – with 218 hits in 2017-18. He also registered 10 points (0 goals, 10 assists) in 81 regular-season games, and an additional five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
NOTABLE OFFSEASON MOVES