DALLAS — That did not take long. Less than 24 hours after the Washington Capitals dumped Brooks Orpik‘s $5.5 million salary cap hit for next season on the Colorado Avalanche in the Phillip Grubauer trade, the Avs have placed Orpik on waivers for the purposes of buying out his contract.
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made it clear the team wanted no part of Orpik. They took him as part of Friday’s trade so they wouldn’t have to give up a higher draft pick. Grubauer was worth a first-round selection, but the trade netted the Caps the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.