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Caps re-sign Orlov: two years, $4 million

Mar 13, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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Talk about a dramatic in-season turnaround.

Just months after demanding a trade out of Washington, defenseman Dmitry Orlov has signed a two-year, $4 million extension with the Caps, the club announced on Thursday. The deal will pay $1.75 million next year and $2.25 million the season following.

Orlov, 22, has three goals an nine points in 38 games with the Caps this season, most of which came after his agent expressed frustration about Orlov’s role on the team in late November.

“Obviously, what Dmitry would like is to be traded,” Mark 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.”

Shortly thereafter, Orlov was given a shot in the Washington lineup and showed why the Caps made him the 55th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (and why, as a 20-year-old, he scored 19 points in 60 games for the Caps during the 2011-12 campaign).

With this signing, Washington GM Geoge McPhee now has three good young d-men locked in ’til 2016 with very reasonable cap hits: Orlov ($2 million), Karl Alzner ($2.8 million) and John Carlson ($3.97 million).

  1. lowenni - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Like this deal a lot for the Caps. Dima is showing tremendous potential as a offensive force this season and even though he’s not putting up huge point totals, he’s actually the Caps best possession defender, ahead of the likes of Mike Green and John Carlson. He’s made a few defensive blunders but those are to be expected of a young defender, and he makes up for it with quick breakout passes and nice rushes and offensive plays. Really excited to see what this guy is gonna do for us in the next two years, along with Nate Schmidt and Connor Carrick. Although this season has been horrendous, the future is actually pretty bright for the Caps with a lot of solid prospects waiting to make the jump.

    • wethog66 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Your comment makes me wonder how many Caps games you’ve watched this year, if any.

      • dglelite - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        wethog – Orlov in no way is a top 4 defenseman (at least not right now, but he may eventually). But he is a very good, YOUNG, 3rd line defenseman.

        At 2 mil, he is worth it for that 3rd defensive pairing duty.

    • lowenni - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      What do you mean? It’s a stastical fact he’s the Caps best possession defender, and he’s also made some very nice offensive plays. Bad game against Pittsburgh the other night but he’s got a lot of potential. I didn’t say he was a fantastic player right now, I said long term this will be a good deal for the Caps.

    • lowenni - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Also, I’ve watched almost all the Caps games.

      • wethog66 - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        I apologize for my previous post. Was having a bad yesterday and when I came across the Orlov news, and your post, I got fired up and replied.

        Orlov is a nice young prospect, but he has been brutal on defense lately. The poster-boy for this very frustrating, and flawed, hockey team.

        Sure nice deal, but their is now a huge ? above this kid after this season. He’ll there is a huge ? over the entire Capitals organization. So I am not so optimistic about prospects right now. Not while a lot of questions remain unanswered about this team.

  2. dglelite - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    It seems on other sites that the overall feeling on this signing is not particularly positive.

    I go the other way…I think this is a very good signing.

    Between Carrick, Orlov, Carlson and Alzner you have a good nucleus of a 2,3,4 and 6 defenseman.

    Get rid of Green and Erskine via release or trade, keep Hillen as your #7 defenseman and then add a #1 and #5 defenseman in the offseason via trade, free agency and maybe even the draft and the defense will vastly improved.

    • lowenni - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      #1 defenseman are hard to come by. Carlson has the potential to be one and I think he’s gonna be our #1 guy for a while. Two years from now I’d be pretty happy with a top-6 of:
      Alzner-Carlson
      Orlov-Carrick
      Schmidt-Madison Bowey

      Although that would be quite young, so there would probably a veteran or two in there.

      • dglelite - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Luckily we will have enough money under the cap to outbid someone and get #1 either via trade or free agency. We have the offense. And with Kuz in the fold potentially even more offense. Defense must be the focus.

        We are already roughly $15 mil under the cap for next year (with few roster spots open) and could be another 10-12 mil under if they get rid of Green, Erskine and potentially Laich.

        We need an anchor for that defense. Green is absolutely not it and I think Carlson will always be that good #2.

  3. jpelle82 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    2.8 million for alzner is a steal….he’s worth 4.8 easy, he’s the most consistent defensive defenseman the caps have had in recent years. carlson wasnt very good last year and alzner was sort of the safety net he fell back on when they were paired up. splitting them ended up helping carlson a lot in my opinion, he was forced to step his defensive game up due to how he had to play differently without alzner there for a little while.

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