Dmitry Orlov D WAS 11 Days

Head coach Barry Trotz is hopeful Orlov (wrist) will return to the lineup sometime in early-October, although he indicated there is an "open time frame" for the recovery, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

Orlov (wrist) broke his wrist during Team Russia's gold medal-winning performance at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus this summer. Trotz indicated Orlov has resumed skating and is on track to return to the lineup fairly soon. However, with the arrival of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, Orlov appears destined for a decrease in the top-4 minutes he saw last season, so he faces an uphill battle to be a solid producer from a fantasy perspective.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 3 Months

Dmitry Orlov (wrist) is slated to be ready by early October.

He underwent surgery on May 22 to repair a broken left wrist after he was injured while playing in the 2014 IIHF World Championships. Orlov may be able to participate in some preseason games at the end of September if his recovery goes well.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 4 Months

Dmitry Orlov suffered a broken arm during the 2014 World Championship.

Orlov will miss the rest of the tournament as a result. He inked a two-year, $4 million extension with Washington in March.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 6 Months

Washington has agreed to a two-year, $4-million deal with Dmitry Orlov.

He was eligible to be a restricted free agent this summer. His new deal will pay him $1.75 million in 2014-15 and $2.25 million in 2015-16. Orlov has produced three goals, nine points, 51 hits and 45 blocks in 39 games this season. He has spent most of the year paired with Mike Green, but his fantasy value is still limited at best.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 7 Months

Dmitry Orlov has completed his two-game suspension.

Orlov was being punished for boarding Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn. He also scored two goals in that game, giving him nine points in 36 contests in 2013-14.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 7 Months

Dmitry Orlov has been suspended two games for a boarding infraction on Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn.

He received a five-minute major on the play. Orlov scored two goals against the Flyers in Sunday's contest, but now he'll have to wait until Saturday, Mar. 8 to build on that effort.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 7 Months

Dmitry Orlov will have a telephone hearing with the NHL for his hit on Brayden Schenn Sunday.

Orlov received a five minute major for his misdeed that came after the defenseman had his first two goal game of his NHL career. Orlov will find out his fate on Monday. Stay tuned.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 7 Months

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov was certainly in the thick of things against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

He enjoyed his first two-goal game (all three of his tallies have come against Philly) and showed a dangerous shot that might get more use after today. Unfortunately for Orlov and fortunately for his fantasy owners, he delivered a potentially suspension-worthy hit that drew five PIM and gave the Flyers a chance to get back in the game. Philadelphia ended up winning 5-4 in OT.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 9 Months

Dmitry Orlov could stay on with Washington Capitals after his agent requested a trade in early December.

Orlov was not playing and did not seem like he was in the plans of the Washington Capitals but lately he has been playing a lot as part of the second defensive unit. "I don't think about what happened in past," said Orlov. "Just about right now. That's all that's on my mind right now -- today." Orlov has been seeing plenty of time with Mike Green on the second unit. Orlov has only one goal and two points in 16 games this season.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 9 Months

Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov played in just his sixth game of the season on Friday, one more than he played in an injury-marred 2012-13 season.

He skated 13:41 on Nov. 30 against the Islanders in his 2013-14 season debut, and has seen a steady uptick in his workload since. On Friday against the Panthers, Orlov played 20:04. He eclipsed the 20-minute plateau for the first time in 23 games, since logging a single-game career high 24:31 in a March 8, 2012 tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning. More importantly, Orlov looked strong at both ends of the ice on Friday. In a single shift late in the third period of what was a 2-2 game, Orlov made two excellent plays in his own end to diffuse potential Grade A scoring chances for the Panthers. He was also much more assertive with the puck, and had a great look at the net late in overtime.