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Capitals Sign Defenseman Brooks Orpik to 5-year, $27.5 Million Deal

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Brooks Orpik #44 of the Pittsburgh Penguins plays his 700th NHL game in second period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on April 3, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Brooks Orpik #44 of the Pittsburgh Penguins plays his 700th NHL game in second period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on April 3, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Capitals have signed 33-year-old longtime Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik to a five-year, $27.5 million contract Tuesday afternoon, the team announced a short time ago.

“We are very excited to welcome Brooks to Washington,” said vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan. “We feel Brooks’ leadership and experience will greatly enhance our defense for years to come. Brooks plays tough minutes against the opposition’s best players.”

Orpik ranks first among defensemen in Pittsburgh’s franchise history with 703 games played, fifth in penalty minutes (734) and ninth in assists (119).

He served as an alternate captain for the Penguins since 2008, and was named Penguins’ Defensive Player of the Year three times (2009-10, 10-11, 11-12), while winning the Players’ Player award four times (2010-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14), an award given to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice.

Originally a first-round draft pick (18th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Orpik has played 11 consecutive seasons for the Penguins.

The Capitals also signed 27-year-old goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year deal.

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