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Bruins defensemen might be heading back to former team

Published May 19, 2023 at 12:29

The Washington Capitals traded Dmitry Orlov to the Boston Bruins before the deadline due to a contract extension disagreement. However, there's a possibility of Orlov returning to either Boston or Washington as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, although he's uncertain about his options.

When asked about a potential return to the Bruins, Orlov replied, "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 deciding."

Initially uncertain about returning to the Capitals, Orlov later reconsidered and said, "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 had a successful stint with the Bruins, earning the nickname "Bobby Orr-lov." He was named NHL First Star of the Week during his first full week with the team and performed well in the postseason. Despite his efforts, the Bruins were upset in the first round by the Florida Panthers, despite having 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 and acknowledged the emotional challenges of an early playoff exit.

During his time with the Bruins, Orlov gave interviews in Russian where he appeared critical of the Capitals and their coach, Peter Laviolette. He believed that younger player Alex Alexeyev should have been given more opportunities and hinted at finding joy in hockey again, implying dissatisfaction with the Capitals' performance and future prospects.

Orlov clarified his statements, stating that he didn't think Washington was bad, just different. He emphasized the importance of enjoying hockey regardless of age and expressed his 11 years of experience in the league and growing up playing hockey in Russia.

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

Although the Capitals could benefit from Orlov's return, they already have six defensemen signed for next season and limited salary cap space. The Capitals would need to make significant changes or place a veteran player on long-term injured reserve to accommodate Orlov.

Regardless of what the future holds, Orlov will spend the summer in his native Russia contemplating the Bruins' unexpected early playoff exit. He emphasized the mental and physical challenges of a long season and expressed gratitude for enduring it. Losing, especially for the first time after being traded, leads to self-reflection and considerations of what could have been done differently.

Source: Russianmachineneverbreaks
May 19   |   60 answers
Bruins defensemen might be heading back to former team

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