The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway in a trade with the Washington Capitals to bolster their roster ahead of the NHL trade deadline with a Stanley Cup run in mind.
Boston will send forward Craig Smith and their 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick in exchange for Orlov and Hathaway.
«We would like to thank Dmitry and Garnet for their contributions to our organization,» Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a press release.
«Dmitry has been with our organization for nearly 14 years and was a key contributor in helping us win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Garnet has been an important part of our team and an off-ice role model for his contributions to our community. I wish both players the best in Boston.
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«This trade allows us to acquire draft capital, infuse youth and replenish our system. While this season has proven challenging with injuries to our important players, we are in a position to use some of our current assets to restructure our club and build a competitive team moving forward».
With the trade, the Capitals now own six picks in the 2023 NHL Draft, including two first-round picks.
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The Bruins add two players with years of Stanley Cup playoff experience.
Orlov has posted a plus-2 with Washington this season, totaling 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 43 games. He has also dished out 88 hits. He was a top line defenseman for the Capitals, making him an immediate impact player for Boston.
Orlov has only known the Capitals since he was drafted by them in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has spent 11 years with the franchise, scoring 256 points in 686 regular-season games.
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Hathaway is a right winger and a thug on the ice. He ranks eighth in the NHL in total hits for the season with 198 in 12:06 minutes per game. He becomes the Bruins’ leader in hits. Before the trade, Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton led the team with 156.
Hathaway also has 16 points this season on nine goals and seven assists in 59 games.
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Smith recorded 10 points with the Bruins in 42 games this year, registering four goals and six assists.