"He's a little bit of a dinosaur because he hits and there's not a lot of hitting in this game," said Columbus coach John Tortorella, who knows Orpik well from U.S. teams in international play. "A lot of people think he might hit hard. I think he plays the game hard. I think he plays the game the right way."
"We took a step in the right direction," coach John Tortorella said. "I hope we can see how difficult it is to keep on going. There are so many good things going on in our room now and - in talking to Jarmo and the management group - so many good pieces coming here. It's an exciting time for us."