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What It Will Cost the Bruins to Keep Orlov Around


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Dorin Canaday
March 23, 2023  (4:18 PM)
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Facing limited salary cap space this summer, the Boston Bruins must make important decisions regarding their pending free agents, including determining the price to retain Dmitry Orlov on their roster.

Is Keeping Orlov a Good Decision?

Orlov has made the most significant impact among recent trade deadline additions, with the defenseman notching 12 points in his first 12 games as a Bruin.
Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports that the 31-year-old is seeking a four-year contract worth between $4.5 and $5 million. Shinzawa explains:
''If financial security is Orlov's priority, he is more likely to find richer fortunes elsewhere. He is in the last season of a six-year, $30.6 million contract. Just to match his current $5.1 million average annual value would require the Bruins to execute movement elsewhere.''

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In order to retain Orlov, the Bruins might have to offload one, or both, of Derek Forbort and Matthew Grzelcyk, as hinted by Shinzawa.
However, the question arises whether it would be worth sacrificing a penalty kill specialist like Forbort to keep Orlov, who will turn 32 soon, for an additional four years.
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