Thread: Value of: Brooks Orpik
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03-03-2013, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kratzbuerste View Post
Pens fans need to stop it with this hot/cold overreactions to their D. One day Despres scores a goal out of the box and everyone wants to trade away Niskanen, because Despres = future Letang, defensive powerhouse forever!!! The next day, everyone is melting down on a ****** day and now we need Douglas Murray of all ****ing people again. It is giving me whiplash.
To be fair, Orpik has been on a steady decline for a good while now and is coming off a year where he was barely more reliable than Paul Martin was...but unlike Martin he hasn't shown any flashes of bouncing back this year.

The need of a stay-at-home defenseman really isn't a pressing 'need' in Bylsma's stupid system. He doesn't know how to use them. See: Michalek, Zbynek

Orpik, with another coach, is still probably a top pairing shut-down guy...but Bylsma's system doesn't play to his strengths and the result is that his game has been corroding. I'm not saying trade him for a pick at the deadline, that would be stupid, but he's not on that untouchables list that he was on for more than a decade anymore.

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