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Washington, we have a problem: Orlov follows Erat’s lead, demands trade

Nov 27, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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For the second time this week, a player is demanding a trade out of Washington.

This time, it’s little-used defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who has been recalled from and reassigned to AHL Hershey five times this past month without playing a single NHL contest.

Now it appears enough is enough, according to player agent Mark Gandler.

“Obviously, what Dmitry would like is to be traded,” Gandler told CSN Washington. “Because he has no future in Washington whatsoever, zero chance for him. I think his value as a player is diminishing with every day and the team is losing valuable time and also ruining his career.

“It’s getting for him increasingly difficult to handle this, emotionally and also physically. He’s coming into Washington knowing he’s not going to get into the game no matter what.”

Orlov, 22, was the 55th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and looked like he was becoming a regular member of the Caps’ blueline after scoring 19 points in 60 games during the 2011-12 campaign.

Instead, things went backwards.

The Russian rearguard saw his playing time diminish during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, appearing in just five games, and has spent this season shuttling back and forth between Hershey and Washington, a move that — according to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera — might have an ulterior motive:

The routine indicates the Capitals aren’t inclined to play Orlov, 22, but rather are simply trying to hang on to his rights.

According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, Orlov’s contract contains a clause that would allow him to leave for Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League on Jan. 1, 2014 if he has not been on the active NHL roster for a total of 30 days this season.

Based on the various stints he has had with the Capitals, Orlov has spent 19 days on the active roster so far.

Capitals General Manager George McPhee did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

As mentioned, Orlov isn’t the only Capital asking out of Washington. Forward Martin Erat demanded a trade on Monday, saying that it’s “time to move on.”

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Maybe a package deal for him and Erat in the near future?

  2. kantnockdahustle89 - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    What a joke. A promising defenseman who played very well his rookie year and slide a little his 2nd but no one in Washington has seen him play since. Everyone loved his play but the worst GM in hockey and an idiotic coach is screwing this team.

  3. vbcaps - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    That’s what I was thinking, package with Erat.

    But still hope this doesn’t become a trend. I like what I saw out of orlov but I’m no scout. He’s thrown a mean old school hip check on bigger guys before, I like that

  4. rockthered1286 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I’m sorry since when is Oates an “idiot coach?”

    • babykaby - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Since he won’t put the best players on the ice, because he is determined to stick with his left/right system. He did finally play Fehr, who should have been in the lineup all along; however, how can you not play Orlov or Beagle? They are both really good players. Green should be benched for inept play and so should Laich. Brouwer has been a no-show this season as well. As a coach Oates should realize a big part of the problem is his failure to put players on the ice who can do the job.

  5. esracerx46 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Erat and Orlov for Hemsky

  6. cspsrbums - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    GMGM is an idiot he has a team of old defenders who do the same thing every playoff time.caps need new face Trade Green and erskins on Defense and Brouwer and Laich on offense keep Erat and Orlov He already gave Foresburg away He is a dumbA$$

  7. cspsrbums - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Also package deal GMGM will probably trade them for some old guys

  8. jb8588 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Orlov has way too much talent to deserve the type of treatment he has been receiving from the team. And it’s not like he’s been playing poorly to warrant the scratches (ala Del Zotto). I’m at a total loss to how McPhee is still an NHL GM, but he’s seriously helping create a terrible culture within that team.

  9. coltssteve - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Maybe McPhee can do us a favor and work out a trade that sends himself to the KHL. We all know Big Ted is too chicken to fire him. Only Ted Leonsis believes GMs that generate winning percentages of less than .300 deserve a shot at fixing the ship they broke e.g., Ernie Grunfeld, so it is doubtful Ted will do the right thing and bounce GMGM.

  10. blomfeld - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM



    Even the pet cat or dog knows what’s wrong there in DC. But until such time these people finally grow the balls to do what now needs to be done, then I suspect that this travesty will only get worse … and that’s a shame 😦

  11. stakex - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    While both situations are different, its never a good thing when a train of players are asking for trades. That reflects very poorly on the GM, and might finally help to get GMGM fired. That’s especially true if another player were to come forward and also ask for a trade…. which wouldn’t surprise me.

  12. t9tookey - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    This is more about Oates than Orlov. Before Oates, Orlov was the darling in this organization until Oates came in. Orlov was pretty much in the dog house here in Hershey from the minute Oates was sent down to coach during the lockout. I know Orlov didn’t play his best when Oates was down here but none of the Bears played their best because it was a really strange dynamic because Oates was a @$$ while he was here. It’s not accident that everyone started to play better when Oates when back to Washington. That said, the only way Washington gets anything good back in an Erat trade is by packaging him with Orlov. I’m honestly surprised Orlov wasn’t traded last season at the deadline.

  13. vbcaps - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Ok so if GMGM should or should not be fired, it may or may not be the best strategy to go firing your GM 25% of the way into the season, ESP on an Olympic year ?

    • t9tookey - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Not sure what the Olympics has to do with firing the GM. But this would actually be the perfect time to fire McPhee and hire someone else. That way a new GM will be the one pulling the trigger on an Erat/Orlov trade instead of letting a guy who could potentially be on the way out to make another bad trade.

      That is all based on whether or not Leonsis already has a lock who would be the next GM though.

  14. cspsrbums - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    @rockthered not that he is an Idiot but the team just keeps doing the same dumb mistakes like penalties over and over and he doesn’t get them corrected or hold them accountable.

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