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7/23/2006 2:25:25 PM

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a two-year contract. Terms were not released, but Orpik's arbitration hearing had been scheduled for July 24.

Orpik, 25, recorded nine points 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.

The team also signed Matt Carkner to a one-year deal. The 25-year old appeared in 69 games with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League during the 2005-06 season, tallying 31 points (10+21) and 202 penalty minutes.
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