Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Orlov's Deal Gets Done

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.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
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
Lars Eller 3.500
Justin Williams 3.250
Evgeny Kuznetsov 3.000
Andre Burakovsky 0.894
Daniel Winnik 2.250 Brooks Orpik 5.500 Philipp Grubauer 0.750
Tom Wilson 2.000 Nate Schmidt 0.813
Jay Beagle 1.750
Brett Connolly 0.850
Zach Sill 0.613 Madison Bowey 0.695
Brad Malone 0.575
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
Liam O'Brien 0.622
Garrett Mitchell 0.588
Stanislav Galiev 0.575
Chris Bourque 0.575
Paul Carey 0.575
Christian Thomas 0.575
Ryan Bourque PTO Taylor Chorney PTO Drew MacIntyre PTO

Salary CapThe 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.
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