From the press release:
The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Orlov will earn $1.75 million during the 2014-15 season and $2.25 million in 2015-16.
Orlov, 22, has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) and 19 penalty minutes in 38 games with Washington this season. The 5’11”, 211-pound defenseman scored two goals against Philadelphia on March 2 and ranks sixth among Capitals skaters in ice time per game (19:31). In 103 career NHL games with Washington, Orlov has earned 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) and 37 penalty minutes.
This is, much like the Marcus Johansson deal last year, a great deal for both team and player. It locks up a young, up-and-coming player for the next two seasons, crucial to the player’s long-term viability as a top-line performer in the NHL, and it does so in reasonable amount and term of contract.
Orlov has much room to grow, especially in his own end. But he has tremendous puck-handling skill, is a good skater and is willing to play physically beyond his stature. This is a good deal for the Caps.