With less than one week left until the NHL’s deadline for trades. The NHL’s most powerful team Boston Bruins made its major decision on Wednesday.
The Boston Bruins are ranked first in the total NHL standings. The Boston Bruins acquired defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Further, forward Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Craig Smith and three draft picks. Including, a selection in the first round for the 2023 draft.
In order to bring the new acquisitions into the salary cap in Boston Bruins. The Minnesota Wild served as a third-party trader twice within a matter of an entire week.
The details will be discussed in a minute. Let’s first look at the Boston acquisition.
THE MAIN PLAYER OF THE PUZZLE IS ORLOV:
Orlov is the main player of this puzzle: a 31-year old left-shot defense. The stout Russian is a tall man with 5’11” and weighs 214 lbs and has played his entire professional career playing for the Washington Capitals, who drafted Orlov in the second round in the 2009 draft. He is known as a defenseman who can play two ways capable of playing any role that is asked of him. Orlov scores 256 points across 686 career games . He’s reached the mark of 10 goals twice during his career. Orlov was also a one of the Capitals team that won the Stanley Cup in 2018, scoring an average of 2-6-8 over 24 playoff matches.
The current campaign, Orlov has been averaging huge 22:43 minutes of ice time in the course of 43 matches. He was unable to play for a month due to an injury. game action in the early part of the season because of an injury to the lower part of his body. Orlov is currently in the last season of a contract that runs for six years that has a maximum hit that is $5.1 million dollars. He could become a free agent in the summer.
The previous year the Bruins major acquisition at the deadline included defense player Hampus Lindholm. He was quickly signed to an extension of eight years and has since become a vital component of the team that leads Boston in total ice-time and scoring 42 points over 56 games, is only two points shy of equaling his previous scoring record.
ARRIVAL OF ORLOV ADDS THE DEPTH TO THE BLUE-LINE:
The arrival of Orlov adds depth to the blue-line that is a mostly workmanlike group. Lindholm along with Charlie McAvoy are stars, however the remainder from the elite six players are now completed by Matt Grzelcyk, Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton and Derek Forbort.
Gavrikov has missed the past five games due to what’s been described as “trade-related” reasons. The issue is that the fact that Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. Aiming to get the most value from one of the most solid defense men. Obviously, available on the market for trade deadlines. Boston GM Don Sweeney has apparently made a decision to shift his focus towards Washington. Thus, after the struggling Capitals have made Orlov available.
The market prices are essentially established. The terms of the agreement are very similar to the price is what the Toronto Maple Leafs paid to purchase the upcoming UFA forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari from the St. Louis Blues last Friday, but the Blues will be able to cash into their draft capital a little earlier.
The Blues got the Leafs in the third and first-round selections in 2023. Furthermore, an additional pick in 2024 together with two minor league forwards. The Capitals will also get Craig Smith, a 33-year-old journeyman forward in the final year of a three-year agreement that has a maximum cap that is $3.1 million. Smith has been somewhat of a backup player during the season in Boston during the season. He was being healthy-scratched occasionally and then removed from reserve by the Bruins in December.
SOME SIMILARITY B/W THE TWO TRANSACTIONS:
Another thing that is similar between the two transactions? The previous paragraph mentioned that The Minnesota Wild acted as the third-party broker in both instances.
The NHL’s salary cap could be an obstacle for teams that are top even in good times. The virtually flat ceiling of the cap following the pandemic pause. Thus, created trade-related issues that are more challenging. Furthermore, difficult for managers in general.
Because of this, retention of salary is now a crucial element of many transactions. Because teams are permitted to keep up to half of amount due to players who trade away, the burden of cap for the team that is acquiring it is reduced even more in the event that the transaction is made by a third party. This GM is the one who initiates the trade and then receives the player for 50% of the cap amount, but keeps only half of the cap hit, meaning that the club that is the final one to acquire ends up paying only 25 percent of initial cost of the cap and cash.