Bruins purchase Dmitry Orlov, Garnet Hathaway in 3-team deal

Hours after they introduced that each gamers can be held out for commerce causes, the Washington Capitals despatched Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway to the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

In return, the Capitals acquired Craig Smith, a 2023 first-round choose, a 2024 third-round choose and a 2025 second-round choice.

The Minnesota Wild additionally introduced they acquired a 2023 fifth-round choose and can retain 50% of Orlov’s wage. The signing rights to Andrei Svetlakov went to Boston.

A pair of pending unrestricted free brokers, Orlov and Hathaway present extra depth for the Bruins, who entered Thursday with the most effective file within the NHL at 43-8-5 whereas additionally having a plus-92 aim differential.

In Orlov, the Bruins now have one other top-four defenseman who’s averaging a career-high 22:43 in ice time this season. He additionally has three objectives and 19 factors in 43 video games. Hathaway offers the Bruins with a 6-foot-3 bottom-six ahead who has 9 objectives and 16 factors in 59 video games.

Their arrival additionally means the Bruins have added two gamers who can log minutes to what’s already the NHL’s high penalty kill with a hit fee of 86.5%.

With Smith going to the Capitals, it brings an finish to a relationship that began when he signed a three-year take care of the Bruins in October 2020. A perennial 30-point scorer, Smith scored greater than 13 objectives in every of his first two seasons whereas additionally reaching the 30-point mark. Yet this season noticed Smith, who’s a pending UFA, muster solely 4 objectives and 10 factors over 42 video games.

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Taking on Smith is barely a part of the equation for the Capitals. Trading away Hathaway and Orlov whereas getting a large bounty in return may point out the group, which is simply two factors out of the ultimate Eastern Conference wild-card spot, believes it may be higher to give attention to the long run as a substitute.

The deal means the Capitals have two first-round picks within the 2023 draft and a complete of six picks total. They can have seven draft picks for the 2024 draft and one other eight for 2025.