Caps and Wiz bring Christmas to those in need
Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov says that despite his agent saying he has "no future in Washington," he would like to remain with the Capitals, as long as he is playing.
“If I play here, yeah,” Orlov said Thursday. “I just want to play. If I play, I not think about being moved or not. My team is here. All the guys are good.”
Orlov, 22, has played in five straight games and has been paired with John Carlson on the Caps’ second defense unit the past two games. He is a minus-2 in those five games and logged a season-high 18:39 in Tuesday night’s win over the Lightning.
“He is a good player and he’s helped me a lot,” Orlov said of Carlson. “Hopefully, we can still play together.”
With veteran defenseman John Erskine close to returning to the Caps after a lengthy battle with a knee injury, the Caps will need to make a decision with their blue line.
They could send Nate Schmidt back to Hershey or place Alex Urbom on waivers with the intent of sending him to Hershey.
They could also keep Schmidt, who has played in 27 straight games and has two goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating. Schmidt was dropped to a third pairing with Steve Oleksy on Sunday night against the Rangers.
Oates said he thinks Schmidt and Orlov have played “good.”
“It’s at times overwhelming. In the course of a game they have their moments where they make mistakes, but they bounce back the next shift and that’s allowed them to stay. They have a good head on their shoulders. They recover.”
Another option is for the Capitals to send Orlov back to Hershey, like they have five other times this season.
“It was hard for me,” Orlov said, “but I’m happy to be here and be part of the team. I feel I can be a little better, but so far, every game I feel better and more comfortable.