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Capitals re-sign restricted FA Dmitry Orlov as NHL free agency set to begin

Capitals re-sign restricted FA Dmitry Orlov as NHL free agency set to begin

 The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov on Friday, a day before NHL free agency gets going on July 1. 

The 25-year-old's contract is a six-year deal that will total $30.6 million for average annual value of $5.1 million.

Here’s the breakdown:

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Orlov earned $2.57 million last season on a one-year contract.

The 2016-17 season signaled a breakout for Orlov, who made a seamless transition into the top-4 and averaged 19:32 of ice time per game—up 2:30 from the previous season.

For the second straight year, Orlov appeared in all 82 games.

He also chipped in with six goals and 33 points—the third highest point total among Washington defensemen behind Matt Niskanen and John Carlson.

The signing leaves forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky and backup goalie Philipp Grubauer as the RFAs yet to be re-signed.   

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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