The Capitals have signed Matt Niskanen to a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million.
Niskanen had a great year in Pittsburgh in 2013-14. Niskanen had 10 goals and 36 assists (46 points) with a plus-33 rating in 81 games. A huge season and a lack of defensemen depth in free agency leads to massive money for the 27-year-old. Niskanen will likely anchor the Capitals top power-play unit for the next number of seasons.
The Capitals have signed Brooks Orpik to a five-year deal worth $27.5 million.
Orpik, 33, has spent his entire 12 year career with the Penguins but will be in Washington for the 2014-15 season. He is a strong stay-at-home defenseman who managed to post 13 points (2G / 11A) in 72 games last year. He also had a strong Olympics, but at $5.5 million annual cap-hit and all the injuries he's had in recent years, this is a risky signing.
The Capitals have signed goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year contract worth $1.9 million.
Peters, 27, was 7-9-4 with a 2.50 GAA and .919 SV% in a back-up role behind Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin in Carolina last year. The Capitals needed to find a serviceable back-up to push Braden Holtby and they think they've found their guy in Peters.
Orpik returned for just one period in game 4, before re-aggravating a lower-body injury on a hit attempt on Mats Zuccarello. Orpik will once again be replaced by Robert Bortuzzo as the Penguins look to eliminate the Rangers tonight.
Orpik (lower-body) returned to the Penguins lineup on Wednesday, but only lasted one period.
Orpik missed the previous five games, but returned in game 4, but the return did not last long. He levelled Brad Richards on his first shift, but later in the period, Orpik initiated a hit against New York's Mats Zuccarello and his right knee buckled violently toward his left knee. He retired to the dressing room for the remainder of the game, leaving the Pens with only five D-men for the remaining 40 minutes. Expect him to sit on Friday with Robert Bortuzzo sliding back in.
Orpik (lower-body) participated in the Penguins morning skate but head coach Dan Bylsma would not disclose his lineup for game 4.
Orpik has missed the late five games with the lower-body ailment, but may be back in the Pens lineup tonight. If he is able to play, we will not find out until pre-game warmups, and we expect Robert Bortuzzo to come out of the lineup. Orpik has one goal, one assist and plus-5 rating in four games this postseason.
Orpik will miss his fourth consecutive game tonight with a lower-body injury he suffered in round 1. Robert Bortuzzo will skate in his stead for the fourth game in a row. Orpik skated on his own this morning and is listed as day-to-day.
As expected, Orpik (lower-body) will not play in game 1 vs. the Rangers.
Orpik will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury that he suffered in game 4 of the first round. Orpik has been replaced by Robert Bortuzzo, who has no points and a plus-1 rating while averaging 13:00 TOI in his first two games.
Orpik (lower-body) is doubtful for game 1 vs. the Rangers.
Orpik did not take part in the Penguins morning skate so it looks like he will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury. Head coach Dan Bylsma did not disclose any lineup information, but from the looks of things, Robert Bortuzzo should be in for Orpik.
Orpik did not play in game 5 and did not take part in the morning skate, so his absence from tonight's lineup is not a surprise. Robert Bortuzzo will stick in the lineup with Orpik sidelined for a second straight contest.
Orpik (lower-body) did not take part in the Penguins' morning skate.
Orpik, who missed game 5, appears to be in danger of missing game 6 as well. He did not skate this morning, but was riding the stationary bike outside the Pens' locker room while the team was on the ice. If he can't go, expect Robert Bortuzzo to stay in the lineup alongside Rob Scuderi.
Holtby stopped 36 of 38 shots in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes. He has won three starts in a row while allowing just six goals on 105 shots (.943 SV%). It has been forgettable season for the entire Capitals team, but Holtby is 23-15-3 which is not that bad all things considered.