Let me clear something up.
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Now that Brooks Orpik has signed with Pittsburgh, some Sabres fans have looked back to Andrew Orpik's comments to the Buffalo News a few days ago and shaken their heads, comments they thought all but assured Buffalo was a likely destination for the d-man:
"Buffalo is a place he'd definitely want to come," Brooks' brother Andrew told the Buffalo News. "He grew up here, and he's got a special bond with the place."
It is true that the two live together in Amherst this summer, and what better source to give a glimpse into Brooks' head than his own brother?
But I've got a bit of a scoop to share with you all.
I personally talked to Andrew at the Sabres Development Camp at Niagara University on Monday - the day before July 1st.
"What do you think of your brothers' chances signing with Buffalo?" I asked him.
He replied: "I really don't know. It's possible, it's definitely possible. But you never know. He could get 100 offers, and there's no way to say what those offers will be."
A little different tune, eh?
Still, I took him as cautiously optimistic that Brooks would sign with the hometown team: "I hope he does (sign with Buffalo). But he'll have to look at all of his options and it's his decision."
Let's put this to rest once and for all. It's clear Andrew wanted Brooks to play with Buffalo, it's also evident Buffalo never really put a serious offer together for him, for whatever reason. Perhaps the UFA contracts being handed out on 7/1 turned them off.
There's also the rumor that Brooks did not want the pressure of playing in front of his hometown. You can take it or leave it, I don't know what to make of it.
But no matter how you look at it, what's done is done, so let's all move on.
At least we still have Andrew.
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