Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orpik, Martin Not Thinking of Sochi Penguins Notebook

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orpik, Martin Not Thinking of Sochi Penguins Notebook

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Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin, who form the Penguins' No. 1 defense pairing, will learn in about a month if they will be playing for Team USA in February at the Olympics.

For now, however, neither seems to have focused on that, perhaps because they have more pressing concerns.

The Penguins' game against Boston tonight.

And while Orpik acknowledged he has thought occasionally about how the selection process will play out, Martin said he rarely does.

"It's obviously in the back of your mind, but the focus is here and being here and playing well and trying to contribute here and do good things," Martin said. "Then, hopefully, that will take care of itself.

"You can only control so much, and that's coming here and giving it your best. Hopefully, when it comes time [to name the team], that's enough."

Both were named to Team USA for the 2010 Games in Vancouver, although Martin had to sit out the tournament because of a broken arm, and neither would be out of place in Sochi.

Orpik, though, pointed out that Team USA general manager David Poile and his staff have an ever-expanding collection of players from which to fill out the roster.

"Every year, it seems like the talent pool from which they can draw gets better and better and bigger and bigger," he said. "Which is only a good thing."

With so many qualified candidates, it's reasonable to think Orpik and Martin might get a bit antsy as the time to announce the team nears.

"I think there will be a little bit [of nerves]," Martin said. "I've been through the process a couple of times already. You have to have their confidence, knowing that if you do the right things, you deserve to be there, that you have what it takes."

Orpik contends he can accept however things play out.

"I don't think I'll be nervous at all," he said. "Either you're going there or you're going on vacation for two weeks, so it's kind of a win-win.

"I'm sure anyone who has a chance and doesn't make it will be disappointed, but it's not the end of the world."


The Penguins placed winger Beau Bennett on injured-reserve and called up forwards Zach Sill and Andrew Ebbett from their minor league team in Wilkes-Barre. …

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