Last week, Barry Trotz said he envisions Dmitry Orlov playing in the Caps’ top four this season, paired with either Matt Niskanen or John Carlson. If Orlov were to be deployed as a top-four defender, it would have a ripple effect on the rest of the defense. For one, Brooks Orpik would likely be playing on the third pairing. It could also mean a reunion of Carlson and Karl Alzner, a pairing we’ve seen much less of since Niskanen and Orpik came to town.
But the part of this possible deployment I’d be most interested in seeing is Orlov paired with Niskanen. Doing this would not only mean more minutes for Orlov, who drove shot attempt differentials better than any other defender on the team last season, but it would mean minutes with a player whose steady defensive style could be a great compliment to Orlov’s high-risk, high-reward style.
Monday, Team Russia held their first official practice for the World Cup of Hockey and I’ve got some great news. Washington Capitals brothers from another mother Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin have been paired together on the first line along with Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov.
Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov is also on Russia’s first defense pairing.
With just 44 days remaining until the Capitals’ first preseason game, defenseman Dmitry Orlov has yet to re-sign. This offseason, Orlov got married, celebrated his 25th birthday–and elected not to file for arbitration. However, a Tuesday morning press conference revealed the state of Orlov’s contract talks and the role the team envisions for him.
Capitals coaching staff expressed little doubt that Orlov would be re-signed this offseason.
Evgeny Kuznetsov is a humble guy. If you ask him about a thrilling goal he scored, he’ll brush it off as as a minor contribution in a larger effort. One of the best centers in the game, Kuznetsov will be sure to thank teammates who had nothing to do with the play.
But Kuznetsov is boastful about one thing: his purported skills in Family Feud, a show to which he is unabashedly addicted.
On Saturday, defenseman Dmitry Orlov celebrated his 25th birthday in his native Russia. The Caps’ unsigned restricted free agent honored the occasion by going out to dinner with his wife Varvara and several of his friends.
Orlov even got a birthday cake. Sure the cake is tiny, but take a look at that giant candle. It resembles a rocket about to launch into outer space.
In early July, NHL Network’s Top Shelf dedicated an entire show counting down the oddest plays of the 2015-16 season. Basically, it turned out to be a season review of the Washington Capitals.
Jay Beagle’s miracle diving stick save was named the oddest play of the year.
Let’s review the Caps plays that made the cut.
If you’re wondering why it’s taken so long for the Washington Capitals and restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov to come to an agreement on his next contract, we may have the answer for you. Orly has been busy getting married!
Early Friday morning (U.S. time), Dima Instagrammed a pair of photos from his wedding with Varvara Amosava. The photo above came with the caption (originally in Russian), “Thank you to our families for a wonderful evening!!!” On another, he said, “Our wedding day with my wife.”
Photo: Maddie Meyer
Beyond 2012 fourth round pick Thomas Di Pauli, the Capitals have only two other targets they’re looking to lock up: restricted free agents Marcus Johansson and Dmitry Orlov. Johansson, who signed a one-year, $3.75 million arbitrated deal last summer, opted for player-elected arbitration again today before the 5pm deadline. This upcoming season is Mojo’s last team-controlled year before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He’s due another raise.
Meanwhile, talented Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov did not opt for arbitration and will continue negotiating with the team.
The news was first reported by the Capitals’ Mike Vogel.
Inova Blood Donor Services holds blood drives at Kettler Capitals Iceplex every few months. Their next event is scheduled for Saturday, August 6 from 7AM to 5PM. This time around they will be giving away Dmitry Orlov bobbleheads and a Capitals t-shirt to anyone who donates blood.
For those who interested, you can sign up for an appointment here. Not only will you help save a life, but you’ll also go home with a collectible of the Caps’ best Russian defenseman.
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