Brooks Orpik made headlines in the spring when he lost a part of his pinkie finger during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after a brutal slash from Vegas forward Erik Haula. The missing part was reattached, but after several months, Orpik admitted Wednesday he still has not regained feeling in the finger.
“The nail’s back on which is good,” he said after an informal skate at MedStar Iceplex. “It’s just numb.”
Despite how it sounds, the injury does not seem to have hindered Orpik at all as he played in all three of the remaining games of the Stanley Cup Final after Game 2.
Oripk also told reporters that he did not have any offseason surgery on the finger and it did not appear to be hampering him at all during informal skates as the team prepares for training camp.
“It looks better,” he said. “Still no feeling in it, but it’s better than I expected.”
Orpik returns to the Capitals after a tumultuous offseason that saw him traded to the Colorado Avalanche, bought out of the final year of his contract, then re-signed by the Capitals to a one-year deal. His role is expected to decrease somewhat as the team will look to get more playing time for youngsters Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey.
If Orpik is utilized less in the lineup, however, it will not be because of any fears regarding his finger. Despite not having any feeling in it, Orpik showed both in the spring and now during informal workouts that his pinkie will not affect his play.
As for whether he will ever regain feeling in his finger, that remains unknown.
“The doctor said it might,” Orpik said. “It’s definitely better than it was.”
“It could have been a lot worse,” he added.
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