For the duration of the Washington Capitals season, defenseman Dmitry Orlov complained about he lack of ice time and ultimately requested a trade from the organization. The Capitals squashed any thoughts about a deal and on Tuesday the Russian broke his right arm while playing for his home country in the IIHF World Championships. Coincidentally enough, the injury came against the United States and the 22 year old has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
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Now, Orlov said he will travel back to the United States where he will undergo further testing in diagnosing the severity of the injury. The tests will either take place in Washington DC or New York. Orlov wrapped up a tumultuous 20133-14 season playing in 54 games and scoring 3 goals with 8 assists.
With a new coaching staff soon to be implemented, it will be interesting to see which direction the team will go with Orlov. Washington is in dire need of help on defense and if Orlov is unable to improve the team’s depth at the position fans would have to expect the Russian to be dealt for future draft picks. The situation is far cry from what was expected from the top prospect.