Brooks Orpik - trade him sooner than later?
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01-20-2013, 04:25 PM
Geno and Juss '13
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I don't have a problem giving him a 3/4 year deal at his same or near cap hit.
He's only 32 and it's not like he'll hammer the team with the 35+ rule here. If the team runs 8 D-man from now on it's even easier to keep'em.
I don't see him sticking around after his current deal, and I don't see him retiring as a Pen except in the case of him signing a one-day contract at the end of his career. It's not because this organization doesn't value loyalty, but because we have a logjam of defensive prospects and Orpik likely will have one last good-money contract in him (three years, $11-12.5M, I'm thinking). There's a lot of salary relief to be found in these young blueline prospect, and the organization will take it to ensure that Geno & Letang are retained, so I expect an amicable parting of ways.
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