Bruins defensemen might be heading back to former team

Published May 19, 2023 at 12:23

The Washington Capitals sent Dmitry Orlov packing to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline after failing to reach an agreement on a contract extension. Reports suggest that the disagreement primarily revolved around the length of the new deal.

However, the possibility of a reunion between Orlov and the Capitals still lingers. Orlov expressed his desire to sign with either Boston or Washington as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, though he remained uncertain about the available options.

When asked if he would return to the Bruins, Orlov responded, "I don't know. I need to talk to the coaches or GM. Right now, I'm unsure about my plans, whether I'll fly back to Washington or stay here. There are many factors to consider, and I need to consult my family before making a decision."

Pressed on the likelihood of returning to the Capitals, Orlov initially replied with uncertainty, saying, "I don't know. We'll see." He then flashed a smile, appearing somewhat exasperated, before reconsidering and stating, "Probably, yeah. We'll discuss it with my agent. If they trade me, I don't think it'll work out, but we'll see."

Orlov's comments about a potential return to Washington come on the heels of a successful stint with the Bruins, where he earned the nickname "Bobby Orr-lov." The Russian defenseman was named NHL First Star of the Week during his first full week with the team. In the postseason, he recorded eight points (all assists) in seven games, maintaining a point-per-game average. He also contributed two assists in Game Seven.

Despite Orlov's impressive performance, Boston suffered an upset in the first round against the Florida Panthers, despite boasting the most wins and points in NHL regular-season history.

Reflecting on his time in Boston, Orlov expressed gratitude towards his teammates for their warm welcome. He acknowledged the difficulty of accepting the team's early exit and the emotions that come with seeing dedicated players crying after a loss.

During his tenure with the Bruins, Orlov gave interviews in Russian, where he appeared critical of the Capitals and their coach, Peter Laviolette. He expressed the belief that Alex Alexeyev should have been given more opportunities earlier in the season, suggesting that the decision to keep him as a reserve player was against his preference. Orlov also hinted at finding joy in hockey again, implying that the Capitals' poor performance and uncertain future were hard to bear.

Orlov clarified his statements, stating, "I didn't say Washington was bad, just different. Enjoying hockey is important. After playing 11 years in this league and growing up with hockey in Russia, you have to enjoy the game regardless of age. It's essential."

Since Orlov's departure, Laviolette and the Capitals have parted ways, and the team is currently in the early stages of a coaching search that may bring a younger voice into the locker room.

As it stands, the Capitals could benefit from having the 31-year-old Orlov back, but they already have six defensemen signed for the next season, including Hardy Häman Aktell, a former SHL rearguard. Martin Fehervary, a restricted free agent whom the Capitals intend to retain, would be the seventh defenseman. The Capitals face limited salary cap space unless they engage in a significant trade or place a veteran player on long-term injured reserve.

Regardless of what the future holds, Orlov will have much to contemplate during the summer in his native Russia, following the Bruins' unexpected early exit from the postseason. He emphasized the challenges of a grueling season, both mentally and physically, and expressed gratitude for enduring it. Losing, especially for the first time after being traded, brings about self-reflection and concerns about what could have been done differently

Source: Russianmachineneverbreaks
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