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With Johansson deal done, re-signing Orlov the last item on Caps' to-do list

With Johansson deal done, re-signing Orlov the last item on Caps' to-do list

With the signing of Marcus Johansson, a new deal for their last remaining restricted free agent, Dmitry Orlov, likely will not be far behind. Johansson's $4.58 million cap has left plenty of room for the Caps to check the final item off of their summer to-do list.

The fact that Orlov has not yet re-signed with the Caps may raise some eyebrows, but there is no reason for concern at this point. As a restricted free agent, Orlov had the right to file for arbitration and chose not to. The Caps, likewise had the option and also passed. This would seem to suggest that both sides are on the same page.

Uncertainty over what Johansson's cap hit likely contributed in the delay for Orlov. Now the Caps don't have to worry about running out of cap room thanks to an arbitrator handing Johansson a massive award. With Johansson's new contract, the Caps sit just over $3.45 away from the cap ceiling (according to GeneralFanager.com), plenty of room to re-sign Orlov.

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Last season, Orlov's salary was $2.25 million and his contract carried a cap hit of $2 million. A new deal will likely be in the $2.5 million range. Alzner is currently in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.8 million per year. It's hard to see the Caps going any higher than that for Orlov.

If they can keep it in that range, that will also allow the Caps to keep some cap room for call ups and possible injuries. General manager Brian MacLellan has hinted this offseason at keeping a 14th forward spot open for prospects cycling in through Hershey. Jakub Vrana, Zach Sanford, Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd, Riley Barber and Nathan Walker aren't likely to make the Caps roster, but each one could get some valuable NHL experience for a handful of games if the Caps are able to keep enough cap space open.

All of that depends, however, on what they can work out with Orlov. We should know sooner rather than later.

MORE CAPITALS: CAPS RE-SIGN JOHANSSON TO THREE-YEAR DEAL

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-SABRES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.