NHL trade grades: Bruins get even better by acquiring Dmitry Orlov, Garnet Hathaway

The trade

Bruins get: Defenseman Dmitry Orlov (50 p.c of wage retained from Wild, 25 p.c from Capitals), ahead Garnet Hathaway

Capitals get: Ahead Craig Smith, ahead Andrei Svetlakov, 2023 first-round choose, 2025 second-round choose, 2024 third-round choose

Wild get: 2023 fifth-round choose from Bruins

Shayna Goldman: The wealthy get richer. The Bruins had been already one of many strongest groups within the league, and by some means they simply acquired even better. Boston might have made a misstep and overpaid for an additional depth defender who was in the marketplace and would have simply slowed this staff down. As an alternative, they discovered a legitimately good lefty to bolster their blue line. This yr’s been a bit more durable up to now, however typically, Orlov is a defenseman who can shut down his opponents and cease them from creating offense. With the assist of the Bruins round him, his sport must be elevated. His play isn’t one-dimensional both; he may be counted on to retrieve pucks in his personal zone and assist transfer out of the defensive finish with possession; he’s regular with that puck-moving capability and doesn’t usually flip it over.


Hathaway is an efficient utility ahead who can power a staff’s backside six. He can play robust minutes, get better dump-ins, and win puck battles beneath stress. As if Boston wanted to get any more durable to play in opposition to.

It makes good sense that administration needs to provide the Bruins the perfect likelihood doable to capitalize on this season. The Japanese Convention is so robust as it’s, and there’s not a ton of readability on the way forward for the staff’s top-two facilities. The shocking half is that it didn’t value all that a lot to accumulate these gamers, transfer out Craig Smith’s contract, and get wage retention for Orlov’s deal to make all of it click on.

From the Capitals’ perspective, the truth that administration acknowledges that this staff isn’t the place they must be to really contend is so necessary. Too usually groups simply wish to attain the playoffs and hope for the perfect. As an alternative, Washington’s going to get a number of property on expiring contracts, and determine the place to go from right here. These trades gained’t cease the staff from attempting, regardless of all of their brokenness this yr, however it places them in a better place transferring ahead. That mentioned… they need to have pushed for extra again right here, and that’s the difficulty of packaging property collectively.

As for the Wild, they maintain leveraging bits of cap area for draft picks. With wage retained on two offers, they will solely tackle another. Did they leverage their area to the perfect of their capability up to now? No, however they did cease one other Western Convention staff from benefiting from Orlov and Hathaway and get one thing out of it with a future asset.

Bruins grade: A
Capitals grade: B
Wild grade: B+

Sean Gentille: The wildest a part of the Bruins’ season, given how nice they’ve regarded and what number of factors they’ve banked, is that their roster had a pair bald spots. It appeared bizarre to choose at these explicit nits, and possibly pointless — no staff is ever good, not to mention within the flat-cap world.

But when somebody would’ve pressured you to search out the failings, the best name would’ve been the left facet of the protection and the fourth line. And gee whiz, look what they went and did. Including Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway is what “going for it” appears like. That is the way it’s presupposed to work.

Orlov has been underrated for a pair years operating. He’s a well-rounded participant with optimistic impacts on each side of the ice with a monitor file of puck motion. He begins issues, and he does it nicely. His physicality might be a focus for some, and it must be. Is he as large as Vladislav Gavrikov, the Blue Jackets defensemen who’d been most intently related with the Bruins? No — however he’s no much less bodily, and an all-around better participant.

This season, he’s averaging greater than 22 minutes of ice time. If he brings that to Boston, nice. In the event that they depend on him rather less than the Capitals did, that’s fantastic, too. He’s a no-doubt, playoff-proven top-four man who can do every part nicely; he’s additionally right-side succesful, which is able to both make Jim Montgomery’s job extra sophisticated or give him some further choices.

Hathaway is a uncommon beast — a fourth-line banger who holds his personal by way of play-driving and level manufacturing. 9 objectives in 59 video games this season is added worth for a man who’s managed to be top-10 in hits league-wide with out consistently chasing the puck. Including him makes all of the sense on the planet. He’s a playoff GM’s fantasy.

Was the worth excessive? Completely. Boston was all the time going to have to interact in some cap gymnastics so as to add meaningfully, and that’s mirrored in the fee. However on their finish, actually, who cares? That is the perfect staff within the NHL. No person hangs banners for prospect pool rankings. (Sorry, Scott Wheeler.) Get better now, and take care of it later. And never for nothing, that bundle is sort of what the Blue Jackets are reportedly asking for Gavrikov. Boston landed two better gamers for the same worth.

So far as the Caps are involved, the return is … fantastic. Brian MacLellan noticed an opportunity so as to add a strong bundle and moved. The Gavrikov rumors most likely damage the notion right here, however there’s additionally a purpose he’s nonetheless on the Blue Jackets. Credit score for putting first. Plus, Smith could be flippable within the subsequent week. It’s ample work for 2 pending UFAs. We’ll see what comes subsequent from the Caps, who’ve 9 different UFAs on the roster.


The Wild paid $88,000 for a fifth-rounder? Cool. They proceed to make trades occur, and we salute them for it.

However actually, this deal isn’t about them. It’s about the perfect staff in hockey getting better. Good luck to the sector.

Bruins grade: A
Capitals grade: B-
Wild grade: B

(Photograph of Dmitry Orlov: Jamie Sabau / USA Right this moment)

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