Thread: Larry Brooks: Brooks Orpik wanted to be a Ranger
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12-02-2009, 12:33 PM
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Difficult to imagine that Sather didn't pull the trigger figuring he had Brooks Orpik on the way. But Orpik chose to take less per season to return to Pittsburgh for a six-year deal when he turned down the Rangers' five-year offer... Those scoring at home probably realize that the Rangers are short two NHL-level defensemen at the moment -- pretty amazing considering that Sather spent a combined $59 million to sign two Ds yesterday. Re-signing Paul Mara at about half of his $3 million salary from last year could fill one spot.
Not really any details, but it appears to be pretty obvious there was an offer made at least from NY's end.

Orpik’s Pick: And while we’re on the subject of guys taking less money, it’s a bit instructive to look at Orpik’s re-signing by the Penguins and the fallout.

Orpik obviously looked at what the Penguins had, compared it to what the Rangers had and, even though Glen Sather threw more dollars in his direction, decided to stay put. Larry Brooks in the Post raps the Rangers for “unaccountably allowing free agent Brooks Orpik to slip through their hands,” but with Jaromir Jagr’s status uncertain, a team with both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin looks at the moment like the better place to be if you want to win.
Can't really blame Sather for that one. Let's blame Crosby.



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