Assistant coach Todd Reirden was tonight’s Legal Seafood Bite of the Night. He cut a babyface promo on his long-time pupil, Brooks Orpik.
Brooks Orpik has a presence about him. He has a presence about him that you can’t describe. He makes people around him better. Maybe his analytic numbers aren’t always going to line up and be perfect, but I can tell you that when the guys he’s sitting next to on the bench and they don’t have a good shift, they feel like they’re letting him down. He is our leader back there. He’s the guy that’s in charge and he brings a different level of accountability on that bench that makes everybody play harder.
Reirden says Orpik is an on-ice coach and a motivator, which is pretty much indisputable. For a young defense that depends so much on John Carlson and Karl Alzner, Orpik’s experience has been important in Washington’s success so far this season.
I won’t make any snide comments, but Peter and Pat cracked wise on Twitter.
@peterhassett I certainly feel as if I've let you down if I spend my money irresponsibly.
— Pat Holden (@pfholden) January 9, 2015
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