Notebook: Orpik doesn’t have contract demands
Restricted free agent Brooks Orpik said when it comes to contract demands, he really doesn’t have any.
“I told (agent Lewis Gross), ‘You’ll know what’s fair, just let me know when you work something out and that’ll be fine with me,¡'” the defenseman said on Wednesday. “As far as a number, I have no idea. I told my agent do whatever he has to do. I didn’t really want to get involved. That’s what I pay him for.”
Orpik said he’s open-minded as far as the length of the contract, but believes Penguins general manager Craig Patrick would like him to sign a multi-year deal. He also said that his qualifying offer was much lower than previously reported, falling just below $700,000. Although his agent and Patrick haven’t had any serious discussions yet, Orpik hopes to have a contract in place by Labor Day weekend, when he plans to return to Pittsburgh.
Karen Price is a former freelancer.