Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov is a restricted free agent this July, but there’s no guarantee he will be back in the NHL next season. CSKA, who owns Orlov’s KHL rights until age 28, has expressed strong interest to try and sign the defender this summer.
“We are conducting serious negotiations with Orlov,” Igor Esmantovich said last week. “We have an understanding regarding this player. The head coach wants to see him on the team.”
Thursday, the team’s head coach Igor Nikitin spoke to sportfm.ru and confirmed the news.