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Capitals Re-Sign Dmitry Orlov

The team gets its breakout blueliner back in the fold

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Per the team, the Caps have agreed to a new six-year, $30.6 million contract with restricted free agent center Dmitry Orlov:

Here’s the team’s release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a six-year, $30.6 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Orlov, 25, registered 33 points (6g, 27a) in 82 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, recording career highs in assists (27), points (33) and plus/minus (+30). In addition, Orlov played in all 82 games for the second straight season and second time in his career (2015-16). The 5’11”, 212-pound defenseman ranked second among Capitals defensemen in goals (6) and plus/minus last season and ranked sixth in the NHL in plus/minus.

During the 2015-16 season, Orlov recorded 29 points (8g, 21a) in 82 games, posting career highs in goals (8) and game-winning goals (3). Since 2015-16, Orlov ranks second among Capitals defensemen in goals (14) and third in points (62), assists (48) and hits (243). The Novokuznetsk, Russia, native also ranks seventh among NHL defensemen in plus/minus (+38) over the last two seasons. Orlov was drafted by the Capitals in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft and has registered 93 points (20g, 73a) in 283 career games with Washington.

Orlov has represented Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, three World Championships (2014, 2016, 2017), two World Junior Championships (2010, 2011) and two World U18 Championships (2008, 2009). Orlov won a gold medal with Russia at the 2014 World Championship, won a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship and was named to the Media All-Star team at the tournament. In addition, he earned a bronze medal with Russia at the 2016 World Championship.

More details and analysis to come, but catch up on Orlov’s 2016-17 season with our Rink Wrap here.

Updates: Here’s a breakdown of the deal...

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