A big trade deadline acquisition for the Boston Bruins appears to be intent on leaving town.
Soon to be unrestricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov recently spoke to Russian media about his future in the National Hockey League and his comments left little doubt about the fact that his future did not include the Bruins. Orlov indicated that he was looking forward to testing free agency for the first time during his NHL career.
"Yes, this hasn't happened to me. I won’t say it’s scary, but I’m really looking forward to when the market opens and negotiations begin," admitted Orlov to Sports Express.
The Bruins gave up a hefty sum in a three-way trade for the services of Orlov and although he was likely always going to be a rental it will still be painful to see him go with so little to show for that investment. The Bruins would give up a 2023 first round pick, a 2025 second round pick, a 2024 third round pick and forward Craig Smith in that deal, and they would also give up a 2023 5th round pick to the Wild as a part of this trade as well. Although it is worth noting that the Bruins also received forward Garnet Hathaway and prospect Andrei Svetlakov as a part of this three team trade deal.
Orlov had a strong performance during his tenure with the Bruins recording 4 goals and 13 assists for a total of 17 points in 23 regular season games and he produced over a point per game for the Bruins during their 7 games series against the Florida Panthers, finishing the series with 8 assists to his name.
Perhaps that strong performance is part of the reason Orlov feels so confident heading to the free agent market. When asked if he was concerned about some competition on the open market this summer from other NHL defensemen, Orlov dismissed the notion entirely.
"Not really," admitted Orlov. "I myself perform at a certain level, I had a good end to the regular season and the playoffs in Boston, so I am confident in my abilities."