Adrian Dater reports that the Colorado Avalanche have bought out the final year of defenseman Brooks Orpik‘s contract.
Former Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik ($5.5 million cap hit) officially cleared waivers on Sunday, paving the way for a buyout by the Colorado Avalanche.
The news was first reported by CapFriendly.
Renaud Lavoie reports the details of goalie Philipp Grubauer‘s new contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Grubauer will earn ten million dollars over the next three seasons.
According to several reports, two-time Stanley Cup champion Brooks Orpik will likely never play a game for the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avs took on Orpik’s $5.5 million salary as part of a deal to land Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals. Orpik will either be traded or bought out.
The Washington Capitals have traded goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche for a second round pick, 47th-overall, from the Colorado Avalanche in the 2018 NHL Draft.
The trade of Orpik, 37, will open up cap space so the Capitals can re-sign John Carlson. Orpik, who is going into the final year of his five-year deal, has a cap hit of $5.5 million. Without Grubauer, the Capitals now have room to slot first-round pick Ilya Samsonov into the lineup in Hershey. Bears starter Pheonix Copley will likely backup Braden Holtby in Washington next season.
On Wednesday evening, the Calgary Flames took a trip to play the Colorado Avalanche. The game was relatively normal as the Flames lost 5-2, but there was one moment in particular that was probably one of the most quintessential hockey moments I’ve ever seen.
We take you to the first period with only 5:51 remaining. Tanner Glass and Duncan Siemens have dropped their gloves.
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Coming off a loss on Monday night to the Islanders, the Caps hosted the Avs on Tuesday night. The Avs smoked the Caps last month so the dudes in red were looking for revenge.
Jakub Vrana got the party going early with a great snipe off a beautiful pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov.
The Caps killed off a penalty to start the second. But just a few minutes later Colin Wilson found himself alone in front and he tied the game at 1. If you managed to stay awake through the bulk of the second, you saw a John Carlson blast give the Caps a 2-1 lead late in the period.
About six minutes into the third, Brett Connolly ripped a shot from the Ovi spot to put the Caps up 3-1. The teams played at four-on-four late in the third and the Caps took advantage. Kuznetsov made yet another beautiful pass, this time setting up Matt Niskanen, who put the Caps up 4-1. Tyson Jost added a late goal to pull the Avs within two. And then DSP added an empty net goal for the home team.
Caps win 5-2.
If none of us mention the game that took place last night against the Isl*nd*rs, then it’s basically like it never happened.
Moving right along, the Capitals have a chance to redeem themselves back home against the…kinda ok Avalanche? The Avs are coming off a 2-1 road win against the Penguins and a 7-3 road victory over the Panthers. Not to mention, the last time the Avs saddled up against the Capitals, they won 6-2. That was bad.
Alas, the Capitals are still missing TJ Oshie and yesterday simply seemed like an off day. Hopefully, the good boys will turn it around tonight.
The game starts at 7 PM. Watch on NBCSWA and Pat will have a recap for you.
The Capitals got absolutely trounced 6-2 by a team that is very bad. I’m going to demonstrate what I thought of their effort levels by copying said levels with this post.
The Capitals out-shot the Avs 30 to 28 and the five-on-five shot attempts were deadlocked 35 apiece, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. The Capitals were porous and the Avalanche took advantage. Seemingly every goal they scored was easy.
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