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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a two-year contract, it was announced Sunday by General Manager Ray Shero. Orpik’s arbitration hearing had been scheduled for July 24.

Orpik, 25, recorded nine points (2+7) and 124 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Penguins during the 2005-06 season, his second full NHL season. Orpik led the team in hits (203) and blocked shots (122) and improved his plus/minus by 33 points from his rookie season in 2003-04 (-36) to the 2005-06 season (-3).

The 6-2 and 228-pound native of San Francisco, California has played in 149 NHL games, all with the Penguins, recording 19 points (3+16) and 253 penalty minutes.

Orpik was drafted by the Penguins in the first round (18th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.


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