Boston Bruins & Washington Capitals Pull Off Monster Trade

The Boston Bruins have made a huge trade as they've acquired defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals. The Bruins sent a first-round pick in '23, second-round pick in '25 and a third-round pick in '24, along with forward Craig Smith. 

The Capitals retained 50% of Orlov's contract, meanwhile the Minnesota Wild continued to get in on the trade fun as they've also retained 25% of Orlov's $5.1 million cap hit. Essentially the Bruins now pay the versatile defenseman $1.27 million against their cap this season.  

Boston has addressed their top-four defense along with their bottom six with this deal and it's unlikely we see more moves from the Bruins, however that can all change with one phone call. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan had this to say about the significant move:

This trade allows us to acquire draft capital, infuse youth, and restock our system. While this season has proven challenging with injuries to our significant players, we are in a position to use some of our current assets to retool our club and build a competitive team moving forward.

Orlov and Hathaway were late scratches for the Caps as they take on the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night now shorthanded from their latest move. Makes you wonder what Alex Ovechkin is thinking?

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