The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Dmitry Orlov and ahead Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals.
In change for Orlov and Hathaway, the Capitals will obtain a 2023 first-round decide, a 2025 second-round decide, a 2024 third-round decide and ahead Craig Smith. Washington will retain 50% of Orlov’s $5.1 million cap hit.
The Minnesota Wild may even retain 25% of Orlov’s wage and despatched the rights to former sixth-round decide Andrei Svetlakov to Boston in change for a 2023 fifth-round decide.
Orlov, 31, has been a staple on the Capitals’ blue line for a decade now and is within the ultimate yr of his contract. In an in any other case irritating yr for Washington, Orlov has nonetheless managed to be efficient. The Capitals management 50.83% of the anticipated targets with Orlov on the ice at five-on-five, per Natural Stat Trick, and he has the flexibility to contribute offensively.
This season, Orlov has three targets and 19 factors in 43 video games. In his NHL profession, Orlov has recorded 60 targets and 196 assists in 686 video games.
Orlov was pressured to shoulder a big workload in Washington, particularly with John Carlson lacking important time because of damage. The Bruins already had a stacked blue line with gamers like Charlie McAvoy, Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzelcyk consuming massive minutes. That means Orlov ought to get extra favorable matchups whereas taking over lighter minutes in Boston.
Hathaway, who has 9 targets and 7 assists this season, will present the Bruins with a bottom-six choice at ahead. Hathaway hasn’t recorded a degree in his final 5 video games, so perhaps taking part in in a extra appropriate function with Boston will assist jumpstart him.
The Capitals have taken a nosedive within the Eastern Conference standings these days, and their playoff probabilities look worse and worse by the day. With Orlov and Hathaway each pending free brokers, Washington selected to flip them for draft capital that may assist the workforce reload round its present core of veterans.
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