After 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik announced his retirement Tuesday night. “I’ve been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new,” said Orpik, through the NHL Players’ Association.
With the Washington Capitals’ unexpected first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, general manager Brian MacLellan has some difficult decisions in front of him. The Capitals’ roster is a powder-keg of high-priced contracts, expiring contracts, and aging stars. Unfortunately, some of the Caps’ brightest young stars hold those expiring contracts, and MacLellan will most likely have to make some sacrifices to keep a championship-caliber team together.