Brooks Orpik has pulled on a Penguins sweater for 701 regular-season games since breaking into the NHL in 2002.

Only four men — Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Jean Pronovost and Rick Kehoe — have done that more. All rank among the most-celebrated figures in franchise history, even though Lemieux is the only one to spend his entire career here.

Orpik has done that so far, too, and, understandably, it is a point of pride.

“I think it’s pretty cool that I’ve played for one team my whole career,” he said. “Where there’s not a lot of loyalty in pro sports anymore, it’s pretty unique.”

How long Orpik will retain that distinction isn’t clear because his contract expires after this season. What place, if any, he has in the Penguins’ plans beyond this season is not clear, and both sides apparently are content to keep it that way.

Asked if his agent, Lewis Gross, has had any discussions with general manager Ray Shero about a new deal, Orpik smiled and said, “That’s something Ray and I agreed we wouldn’t talk about in the media. We’ll just let it play out and see what happens.”

Orpik is 33, and continues to play the physically demanding style that prompted the Penguins to make him their first-round draft choice in 2000.

He leads them in blocked shots(140) and ranks second on the team in hits (217), 20 fewer than left winger Tanner Glass.