The Washington Capitals were quiet on the trade front Monday, but they did make a minor move to potentially help out the Hershey Bears this spring.
The Caps assigned defenseman Dmitry Orlov to Hershey of the American Hockey League briefly so that he could be eligible for the “Clear Day” roster and play for the Bears in the Calder Cup Playoffs, a team spokesman confirmed. It is a paper transaction.
Orlov, 20, had four goals and five assists for Hershey earlier this season before earning a call-up to the NHL. He has two goals and 10 assists in 43 games with the Caps, fitting in well despite being young and inexperienced.
The young Russian defenseman took a puck to the face two straight days and suffered a broken nose earlier this month and was forced to wear a full cage that he admitted was bothering him. Orlov practiced Monday with his regular visor and will be back to normal Tuesday against the New York Islanders.