This is ridiculous overpayment for one year of a contract that really isn't as horrible as everyone is making it out to be. There's never been a trade where someone has to combine multiple first round draft picks to dump a contract with one year left. Orpik has nothing but positive value at this time, even if it's only a later round draft pick from an up and coming team looking for a mentor for their D (see Buffalo). People rely too much on stats and charts when discussing a player and anyone with a set of eyes could see that Orpik played very well down the stretch and was a warrior on the ice. By all accounts, his locker room presence, leadership and the respect his teammates have for him have been a huge reason as to why Washington was able to win a Stanley Cup.