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"Washington" Russian defender Orlov exchanged for "Boston"


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Moscow, February 24 – The Washington Capitals have traded Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov to the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL), according to a press release from the capital.
Earlier, The Capitals reported that the Russian player was not included in the roster for the regular season game against the Anaheim Ducks for reasons of a potential player trade. Together with Orloff, American striker Garnet Hathaway was traded to Boston.
In compensation, Washington received two Bruins first-round picks in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft, and third-round picks in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, as well as forward Craig Smith. It should be noted that the Capitals will withhold half of Orlov’s salary as part of the deal. His six-year, $5.1 million contract runs through the end of the 2022/23 season. The deal also included the Minnesota Wild. Savages acquired Orlov in exchange for CSKA Moscow forward Andrei Svetlakov, then traded the Russian defender to Boston, keeping 25 percent of his salary and giving the Bruins a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

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This season, Orlov has scored 19 points (3 goals + 16 assists) in 43 games. The Russian was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has spent his entire career with the Capitals, with whom he won the Stanley Cup. As part of the Russian national team, the defender became the world champion in 2014 and a three-time bronze medalist of the World Championships.

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