Dmitry Orlov just walked by. Still has cast on his forearm. #Capitals
— Dave S (@BmoreDaveS) July 26, 2014
Dmitry Orlov is already in DC, as shown by a recent Instagram photo. He is still recovering from a broken left wrist that he suffered at the World Championships. He is expected to be sidelined until at least late September.
“My arm is broken and I can’t turn it, so there is no point in suffering and trying to play. I’d only be a burden to my team,” Orlov said. “I have contacted the Washington Capitals and will be going to America, where I will see a doctor in Washington or New York.”- NHL.com
He could miss part of the regular season. When Orlov returns will depend heavily on how quickly his wrist heals and how quickly Orlov can get back to 100%.
The rehab process, according to the spokesman, will last around four months, estimated by Melone based on Orlov’s improved range of motion following surgery; wrist surgeries of this nature typically carry a healing timetable between four to six months.- Washington Post
For those of you who aren’t good at math like me, that means that Orlov could be back anytime from late September to late November. While the Capitals will certainly miss Dmitry Orlov if he’s out until November, the Capitals do have the depth to account for his absence. Last season, this would have been a huge loss, as Orlov averaged just under 20 minutes of ice time per game. Thanks to the Capitals’ free agent acquisitions, Orlov is currently penciled in for a much smaller role.
If Orlov misses any regular season games, my guess would be Nate Schmidt would be called up from Hershey to replace Orlov in the lineup. Other options include veterans Jack Hillen, who played for Trotz while in Nashville, and John Erskine. Steven Oleksy would be a fit if the Capitals preferred a right-handed defenseman.
My guess is Orlov will probably miss at least a week or two. It can take a while not just for your wrist to heal, but also to get back to game speed. While Orlov was still in a cast today, he seemed to be in high spirits, as he smiled and waved to media members as he passed by them.