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Capitals sign ex-Penguins defenseman Orpik, ex-Hurricanes goalie Peters as free agency opens

The Washington Capitals opened free agency Tuesday by signing defenseman Brooks Orpik to a $27.5 million, five-year contract, and goaltender Justin Peters to a $1.9 million, two-year contract.

The 33-year-old Orpik has played his entire NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who drafted him in the first round in 2000.

The 6-foot-2, 219-pound Orpik has 13 goals, 119 assists and 734 penalty minutes in 703 career games.

The 27-year-old Peters went 7-9-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage for the Carolina Hurricanes last season. He also played in six games for Charlotte of the AHL.

Peters made his NHL debut in February 2010, six years after being drafted in the second round by the Hurricanes.