Just wanted to post a tribute to my favorite player/username since he is probably going to walk. I realise he was a whipping boy here, but ive been a fan since he was drafted during the X Generation days and ive met him several times. Great player, awesome hits, and a true pro. Thanks for the hits, Erik Cole, the icy stare, and the cup.
I really liked Orpik during his years here. It was painful to watch his skills diminish in recent years. NHL hockey beats up your body, especially physical defensemen. Good luck Brooks (hope you end up in the west for a few years and then retire back to our city).
Whipping boy status js saved for guys that never deserved to be on the roster or they played at a comically abysmal level. Brooks just started to lose what made him a great dman. It happens. It doesn't diminish what hes accomplished or his status as a stud in pgh hockey history lore. While "the shift" may be his highlight, he helped lead and produce some quality defense while his forwards played pond hockey. Happy trails, brother.
Some people here to work on their appreciation thread skills (not referring to the OP).
If this is it, thanks for everything Brooksy! Really a pleasure to have seen you develop as a homegrown talent and see you invest all the time and energy into this team from its darkest days to one of its greatest.
I don't believe that any defenseman has played more games in a Penguins sweater than Orpik, and for that, I thank you! All the best if you're moving on!
Much respect to Brooks for being one of the few bright spots on those bad teams early in his career. He carved himself out a very nice and respectable career, and always spoke his mind. He's not a good fit for this team anymore, but I'm sure he will get a chance to play somewhere else and he's earned that.