Dmitry Orlov says he will return to the United States at the end of August

Russia’s war in Ukraine has turned the mundane, like returning to North America for the hockey season, into a politically tense operation for some Russian NHL players who returned to their home countries this summer. Savage superstar Kirill Kaprizov has twice been denied entry to the United States due to visa issues and is wanted for allegedly buying a military ID card in 2017, while Ivan Fedotov may have being poisoned and taken to a military camp for evading service after signing a contract with Philadelphia. Leaflets.

With Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alexander Alexeyev in North America, only contracted Russian Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov are out of the country. Ovi and Orly took part in a charity hockey match in Moscow with Artemi Panarin on Saturday.

Next, Orlov touched on his travel plans.

“I will be flying to the United States somewhere at the end of August, there are no problems,” Orlov told R-Sport via Google translation.

As for Ovechkin, there have been rumors behind the scenes that he could also return in August. Last season, the Capitals captain returned to DC in early September. Ovechkin returned with Orlov for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was asked if there were any concerns or uncertainties about the return of both players to the team after the start of free agency in July.

“I didn’t hear anything,” MacLellan said of the sensitive topic. “As far as I know, they don’t mind going back to North America.”

The Capitals’ first preseason game is Sept. 25. Training camp would begin the previous week.

Orlov touched on a few other relevant topics during the interview, including his off-season training.

“Physically I feel good, I’ve been training for a long time,” he said. “I am satisfied with the current form, although I need to lose a few extra pounds. Preparations are going according to plan.”

Orlov also admitted he was disappointed to see Ilya Samsonov, the team’s young goalkeeper with whom he was close, let go in the offseason. The Capitals did not make a qualifying offer to Samsonov, allowing him to leave as an unrestricted free agent. Sammy signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $1.8 million.

“Of course it’s sad and disappointing when a Russian leaves the team,” Orlov said. “But now he has a new chapter in life, good luck to him. As for the choice of Ivan Miroshnichenko in the first round, I’m happy with him. Again – a Russian guy in the team, God forbid “I want him to start training as soon as possible. We’re expecting him in Washington.”

Miroshnichenko is recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is slowly trying to get back into shape for next season.

Main photo: Elizabeth Kong/MRNB

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