Anyone who thought the Capitals overpaid for Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik or both, know this: Both were offered more money by other teams, Niskanen by the Red Wings, Orpik by the Avalanche. The common denominator in bringing them together in Washington was Todd Reirden, their defensive coach in Pittsburgh. Really popular figure with all those guys. Worked his tail off.
DK also said this:
Know who will miss Reirden most? Kris Letang.
When you aren’t held accountable for your play, you’d miss the person that let you do whatever you wanted too.