NHL free agency news: Capitals re-sign Brooks Orpik after trading him to Avalanche

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The Capitals have re-signed Brooks Orpik.

Washington and the 37-year-old defenseman have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract, the team announced Tuesday, Orpik could receive an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

Orpik spent the last four seasons with the Capitals. He tallied 10 assists during the regular season and then added four more, along with a goal, during Washington’s Stanley Cup run in 2017-18.

Washington sent Orpik and goalie Philipp Grubauer to the Avalanche in exchange for a second-round pick in a draft day trade last month.

Colorado bought out the final year of Orpik’s contract, worth $5.5 million, clearing the way for him to re-join Washington.

“Brooks has been a valuable player and a great mentor for our young players and we are thrilled to bring him back to our organization,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We feel his leadership and competitiveness on and off the ice will be welcomed back to our group.”

Orpik began his career with the Penguins. He played the first 11 NHL seasons with Pittsburgh before he signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Washington in July 2014.