When two-time Stanley Cup champion Brooks Orpik retired over the offseason, it opened up several holes on the team. Batya’s absence gave a roster spot for a defender on the third pairing. It also left a hole on the team’s leadership committee, as Orpik served as an alternate captain for the team.
Tuesday morning, the Washington Capitals officially announced that John Carlson would be Orpik’s replacement.
Carlson joins captain Alex Ovechkin and alternate captain Nicklas Backstrom as one of the team’s leaders on the ice.