With nine players representing their respective countries in the 2014 World Championships, the Capitals had legitimate concerns someone could get injured during the two-week tournament taking place in Minsk, Belarus.
That fear was realized on Monday when Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov told reporters he suffered a broken arm in Russia’s 6-1 win over the Americans on Monday.
“My arm is broken and I can’t turn it, so there is no point in suffering and trying to play,” Orlov told reporters. “I’d only be a burden to my team.
“I have contacted the Washington Capitals and will be going to America, where I will see a doctor in Washington or New York.”
In three games with Russia, Orlov, 22, had one assist and a plus-3 rating. In 54 games with the Capitals this season, primarily on a second unit with Mike Green, Orlov had three goals and 11 assists and a minus-1 rating.
Two months ago the Capitals re-signed Orlov to a two-year, $4 million contract extension.
Other Capitals participating in the tournament include Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov [Russia], Mikhail Grabovski [Belarus], Jason Chimera, Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer [Canada], Philipp Grubauer [Germany] and David Leggio [USA].