Dmitry Orlov On Whether Returning To Washington Is An Option For Him:”I Don’t Know. We’ll See. Probably, Yeah. I’m Gonna Talk To My Agent”

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The Boston Bruins held their season-ending player media sessions on Tuesday, following their very unexpected first round exit from the 2023 postseason. Former Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who was traded to Boston at the 2023 trade deadline, held his final media session Tuesday afternoon.

Orlov, now an unrestricted free agent, was asked if he thinks returning to Washington is an option for him.

”I don’t know. We’ll see. Probably, yeah. I’m gonna talk to my agent. How I see. If they trade me I don’t think it’s gonna workout, but we’ll see.”

It feels like Orlov is more than entertaining the idea of returning to Washington. A member of the Boston media also got that impression.

Of course there are two sides to the possibility of Orlov returning to Washington. On the Capitals side, the question remains, would they entertain bringing him back?

Orlov, 31, was originally traded because he was asking for too much (money and term) in his negotiations for a new deal with Brian MacLellan. MacLellan felt the two sides hit an impass, and a trade had to be made.

It will be interesting to see if the two sides return to the negotiating table in the coming weeks, and if Orlov and his agent have softened on their demands in any way.

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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18 Responses to Dmitry Orlov On Whether Returning To Washington Is An Option For Him:”I Don’t Know. We’ll See. Probably, Yeah. I’m Gonna Talk To My Agent”

  1. Brant says:

    I’m sure the Boston fans loved to hear this haha! Dima was probably their most solid player through the whole series.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Come home Dima! But give us a hometown discount, please?

  3. Prevent Defense says:

    Caps could do worse than “Snarls”
    Orlov hits people and has attitude
    Get hot from time to time and scores in bunches
    Caps really need a “Big Bopper” like Pronger but they’re scarce
    Caps traditionally have done “welcome home” a lot to former Caps players
    Like Mojo. He played exceptionally well this season I thought. Mojo just got a 2-year re-up in MIN

  4. Anonymous says:

    He would definitely help if we can work out a good AAV and term.

  5. Anonymous says:

    OK now, where and how, roster- and money-wise, are we gonna squeeze him in?! Especially after such a solid showing in Boston 🤔

  6. John Gaffigan says:

    I’d love to see Orlov back in the red, white, and blue. Guess we’ll see how this plays out.

  7. Sprak says:

    As much as I like Orlov, I feel that resigning him after trading him away shows that this management team has learned nothing from their mistakes.

    • Mark Eiben says:

      There are instances where players return/re sign the next season back with their old team after they trade them for playoff runs. It is not as uncommon as you might think. Orlov, in my opinion, was a core player. If he’d come back at a compromised term (4 or 5 yrs instead of 6 or 7) I think they should do it. My hope would be something like 5 years, 30 million. You can front load the contract first 3 or 4 years with bonuses, then when you need to trade him possibly in year 5, the acquiring team won’t have much left to pay to take him on.

      • Prevent Defense says:

        Orlov – 5 years – $6M per year. Not a bad plan for GMBM!

        Especially good if alternative plans to “beef up” the Blue Line don’t pan out. Good idea M.E.!

        • Mark Eiben says:

          In my heart, I want him back with the Caps. There would be only a few destinations for him and it would be difficult for Boston to re sign him (trust me, they have less flexibility than Caps do). The teams with Cap room are the ones that are rebuilding right now and the Carolina Hurricanes (which don’t need him). Bmac could make this work if he wants to but he would have to move a 4/5 million dollar player to make it comfortable (mantha to chicago anyone?). 😉

        • Sprak says:

          That would eat up most of our cap space when they’re looking for a top six forward. AlsoI wouldn’t pay Orlov for more than 3 years, he’ll be 37!!!! by the end of a 5 year contract, and would be the opposite of what the caps are trying to do with their roster, get younger.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love Orlov, but the Caps would need to either trade one of Fehervary or Alexeyev. That’s not how to get younger.

    • Mark Eiben says:

      Or move Mantha to Chicago? They really need a player or three to eat up cap space to get to the cap floor next year. Maybe they could also trade one of TVR or Jensen and move AA to the right side 3rd pair? That would allow them to sign Orlov and keep him on the left.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why would you try to force someone into an unnatural position, just to bring back a legacy player at a high AAV?

        I don’t think Chicago will have any problem getting to the floor.

        • Mark Eiben says:

          I thought that he has played the right side in Hershey and Washington some?

          As for high AAV, yes there might be a team that will pay him north of 6 million and for more than 5 years but I think if he doesn’t find that out in free agency that it would make sense to get him back at around the 4/5 year at 6 million rate I am suggesting. The Caps do need another good blueliner and Orlov fits that.

          They could just sign Fehvs and call it done but I don’t think that top 6 is a playoff top 6, unless Bmac is just BSing everyone that Caps are still trying to win (playoffs, cup, etc…)

          • Sprak says:

            He plays way worse when forced to his off side. Most defensemen do because of the unnatural stick orientation on their off side. He was able to do it in the AHL because of the weaker talent there, it hasn’t worked in the NHL yet

            • Mark Eiben says:

              Ok. That makes it tougher then. I mean, if Bmac and Caps org is not lying when they say they want to keep contending, this current top 6 won’t cut it in my opinion.

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