In today’s NHL rumors rundown, can the Boston Bruins retain Dmitry Orlov or will he be too expensive? Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens traded for Denis Gurianov. Did they do so knowing that they likely weren’t to keep him? Could John Gibson be traded this summer? Finally, changes within the Philadelphia Flyers might only just be starting.
Can the Bruins Retain Dmitry Orlov?
Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe writes that unless the Bruins are prepared to make some deals to clear up cap space, the team is unlikely to retain Dmitry Orlov after the season. Noting that Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm are both on expensive long-term deals and that Orlov was moved out of Washington because he wanted a bigger deal than they were prepared to offer, it’s hard to envision the team being able to afford around $5.1 million as an annual average salary.
Word around the Capitals was that Orlov, though well-liked and appreciated, shot too high in asking price and term (between 6-8 years) for a new deal to stay in Washington. He will turn 32 a few weeks after the UFA period opens July 1. Hard to envision the Bruins, with Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm signed to rich, long-term deals, offering Orlov more than, say, four years at his current ticket ($5.1 million). Even then, it could mean wheeling Brandon Carlo or Matt Grzelcyk.
source – “Connor McDavid is expected to run away with it, but Linus Ullmark is worthy of Hart Trophy consideration’ – Kevin Paul Dupont-The Boston Globe-03/11/2023
Are the Canadiens Going to Keep Gurianov?
The Montreal Canadiens traded for Denis Gurianov but it’s not entirely clear he’ll be a long-term player for the team. One of the reasons he was traded by the Dallas Stars was that they didn’t want to pay his qualifying offer of $2.9 million. Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes suggested the Habs might not be willing to do that either, but they have some financial flexibility to at least consider it.
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Arpon Basu and Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic write:
“We made the trade planning to keep him, but every player has a job to do, and our job is to evaluate them. So over the final games, we’ll be following him closely. When we got here last year, one of the problems we had was cap space, and this summer it’s the first time we’ll be arriving at a point where we have some…
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