The fall out of favor of Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, scratched from the last two games, is merely symbolic of the dysfunction striking the Penguins.
A notable number of players in the room harbor bitter feelings toward head coach Michel Therrien and assistant Andre Savard. There is resentment, we're told, over the manner in which veteran Mark Recchi was waived. Ruutuu and Gary Roberts have asked for trades.
Orpik, 27, is on the final year of a contract under which he's earning $1,037,500. At 6-2, 220 and with a mean streak, he's going to be among the most widely sought-after free agents of the summer.