Dmitry Orlov D WAS 2 Days

Orlov (wrist) was reassigned to AHL Hershey for a conditioning assignment Friday.

The Capitals plan to re-evaluate Orlov after he plays three games for AHL Hershey, but it's not clear that there's a place in the lineup for the 23-year-old blueliner. He should at least provide injury depth in the playoffs, and could emerge as an interesting target next season.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 6 Days

Orlov (wrist) will be assigned to AHL Hershey this week for a conditioning stint, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

The long-awaited conditioning assignment is the latest chapter in a long and frustrating recovery for Orlov, who first injured his wrist while playing for Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Championships last June. The plan is for Orlov to play in three games for AHL Hershey and then re-evaluate. With a glut of healthy and well-conditioned NHL defensemen ahead of him, his prospects for cracking the Capitals lineup in a meaningful role this season appear slim, but he should be on your draft radar for next season, particularly if Mike Green departs during free agency. At the very least, things appear to finally be looking up for the talented Russian blueliner.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 8 Days

Orlov (wrist) is traveling with the Capitals on their current road trip and is expected to begin a conditioning stint at AHL Hershey next week, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orlov, who is nearly 10 months removed from wrist surgery, finally appears ready to test himself in game action in what has been a painfully slow rehab process. He's expected to play the maximum three games allowed for a conditioning assignment before rejoining the Capitals, assuming everything checks out fine along the way. It's quite possible he could reemerge as a third-pairing defenseman for the Capitals during the postseason.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 13 Days

Orlov (wrist) will likely join AHL Hersey for a conditioning assignment next week, after he travels with the Capitals on an upcoming three-game road trip, CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley reports.

Orlov is likely hoping to get a few NHL games in before the end of the season to allow the Capitals to decide whether he can help the team in the playoffs. The Caps' upcoming road trip concludes with Saturday's game in Winnipeg, and Orlov's conditioning stint could be somewhat lengthy.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 17 Days

Coach Barry Trotz said Thursday that Orlov (wrist) would head out on a conditioning stint at AHL Hershey in the near future, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orlov has been out of commission since undergoing wrist surgery 10 months ago. Though Orlov was expected to be ready to go at the start of the season, he's failed to notice much recovery in the wrist while skating and practicing with the Capitals, but Trotz's update suggests the blueliner may have finally turned the corner. The Capitals haven't outlined a target date for the start of the conditioning assignment, but considering how much time he's missed, he would likely require at least a week or two in the minors before rejoining the parent club. His return could provide a boost to the Caps' blue line heading into the playoffs.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 27 Days

General manager Brian MacLellan said Orlov's (wrist) status remains "in limbo," NHL.com's Adam Vingan reports.

Orlov has been seemingly in a holding pattern with his recovery from offseason wrist surgery for months. He's noticed only slight improvement since receiving clearance to take contact in January, and it's looking increasingly likely he might not play this season. The Capitals haven't ruled out a second wrist operation for Orlov, which would potentially jeopardize his availability for the start of the 2015-16 season.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 2 Months

The Capitals remain uncertain about what they will do about Orlov (wrist) this season, indicating that "nothing is off the table, including a second procedure", Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

It's been a frustrating season for Orlov who has yet to play in any games this season as a result of ongoing, post-surgical complications to repair a broken wrist suffered during the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus last summer. Orlov has been reportedly making progress, but this report casts doubt on his short-term future. It's looking increasingly likely that Orlov will not return to the NHL ranks this season, and thus his value remains limited to keeper leagues, although given his struggles in recovering from this injury, one now wonders if this will cast a shadow on his long-term prospects. For now, monitor his progress and keep any eye on him for next season.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 2 Months

Orlov has noticed improvement with his wrist recently and was set to have a check-up with a doctor Wednesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Projected to serve as a third-pairing defenseman this season for the Capitals, Orlov has been out since training camp after undergoing surgery on his wrist. He's been skating with the team for multiple months in an effort to stay conditioned, but his recovery from the surgery had mostly plateaued until recently. With Orlov now beginning to experience increased strength and flexibility with his wrist, the Capitals haven't closed the door on a return this season. He'll likely need a positive report from his doctor in order to get back on the ice for games, or else undergo a second procedure to address the ailing wrist.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 3 Months

Orlov (wrist) was cleared to take contact over the weekend, CSN Washington reports.

The 23-year-old's recovery from offseason wrist surgery had been hitting a wall over the last several weeks, but it appears he's finally noticed a breakthrough here. While he's not expected to be activated from the team's non-roster injury list anytime in the immediate future, it at least gives Orlov hope that he might be able to make an impact for the Capitals at some point in the second half.

Dmitry Orlov D WAS 4 Months

Orlov has been slow to progress in his recovery from wrist surgery, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orlov is closing in on the seven-month mark in his recovery from the wrist procedure, which had been expected to sideline him for only four-to-six months. He's been able to practice in an attempt to test out the injury, but a temporary setback due to an infection has morphed into a long period of stagnancy in the recovery process for the blueliner. Orlov remains without a definitive timetable for a return.