Bruins Make Big Splash In Trade With Capitals

The Bruins are the best team in the NHL, and they just got better as general manager Don Sweeney has pulled the trigger on his first trade of the deadline. They have been linked to several players over the past few weeks, with Jakob Chychrun and Vladislav Gavrikov being the two big names. The Bruins have changed directions, as multiple NHL insiders have reported that the Bruins and Capitals have completed a trade this evening.

It was well known the Bruins were interested in adding a left-shot defenseman and a depth forward at the deadline. With one trade, Don Sweeney has accomplished both feats as well as unloading Craig Smith’s contract.

Insider Elliotte Freidman first reported the news, who confirmed that Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway would be heading to Boston.

More news of the trade has begun to unfold as the price to acquire both players has been revealed. The Bruins will send forward Craig Smith to Washington along with multiple draft picks, including a 2023 first-round, a 2025 second-round, and a 2024 third-round. This is a significant plus for the Bruins as they retain core players and prospects while upgrading their forward and defensive groups.

As part of the trade, the Minnesota Wild will receive a 2023 fifth-round pick, as 50 percent of Orlov’s cap hit will be retained. This is an integral part of the trade as the Bruins are strapped on cap space and still may be looking to make another possible deal before March 3rd.

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