Orlov, who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer, signed a two-year deal for a total of $4 million to stay with the Capitals, a $2 million salary cap hit. Not bad, especially considering their history from earlier this season.
In the early part of the season Orlov wasn't playing, he was sitting in the press box when he wasn't riding the AHL shuttle back and forth from Hershey. He nor his agent were happy.
"Obviously, what Dmitry would like is to be traded," his agent told CSNWashington in November. "Because he has no future in Washington whatsoever, zero chance for him."
Then Orlov started playing and playing pretty well. The Capitals have had issues this season on defense but Orlov hasn't been a blight. Especially given his age of just 22, he has shown plenty of promise.
This season Orlov has three goals and six assists in 38 games, averaging 19:31 of ice time.