Still playing for Russia at the World Cup, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and his agent were still hard at work getting a deal done for the start of training camp with the Washington Capitals. On Wednesday, the deal was done, as the 25-year old signed a 1-year, $2.57 million deal.
Orlov had a very solid 2016 season, picking up 29 points in all 82 games, which had him ranked 52nd among all defensemen in scoring and it will make him a pretty popular guy in the middle rounds of this year's draft.
In two games with the Russian team at the World Cup, he has yet to register a point and he'll be one of those guys that could come up big, as the Russians need a big push to try and make the semi-finals in the tournament on Thursday.
The head start may not have registered many points, so his original projection of about 30 points is still holding where it is, but a good push in the last week of the tournament could certainly adjust that appropriately.
|Alex Ovechkin||9.538||Matt Niskanen||5.750||Braden Holtby||5.100|
|Nicklas Backstrom||6.700||John Carlson||3.967|
|Marcus Johansson||4.583||Karl Alzner||2.800|
|T.J. Oshie||4.175||Dmitry Orlov||2.570|
|Daniel Winnik||2.250||Brooks Orpik||5.500||Philipp Grubauer||0.750|
|Tom Wilson||2.000||Nate Schmidt||0.813|
|Zach Sill||0.613||Madison Bowey||0.695|
|Riley Barber||0.925||Connor Hobbs||0.722||Vitek Vanecek||0.714|
|Travis Boyd||0.925||Jonas Siegenthaler||0.720||Adam Carlson||0.705|
|Zach Sanford||0.875||Christian Djoos||0.712||Joe Cannata||0.575|
|Jakub Vrana||0.863||Tyler Lewington||0.665|
|Chandler Stephenson||0.726||Aaron Ness||0.613|
|Nathan Walker||0.635||Darren Dietz||0.575|
|Ryan Bourque||PTO||Taylor Chorney||PTO||Drew MacIntyre||PTO|
The Capitals are nice and snug up against the salary cap ceiling, as they just shoehorned Orlov's deal under there. The 23-man projected roster in colour above is coming in with $1.4 million to spare. That's some pretty good cap management for Washington and if they can work in some more space, they could be a player at the trade deadline.