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BREAKING: Capitals Holding Out Orlov, Hathaway For Trade Reasons

The Washington Capitals are holding Garnet Hathaway and Dmitry Orlov out of the lineup for trade-related reasons.



WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals are holding Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Anaheim Ducks for trade-related reasons.

Washington announced the news about an hour before warmups.

Both Orlov and Hathaway are pending unrestricted free agents. Recent chatter suggested that general manager Brian MacLellan would discuss their UFAs as the team looks to remain int the playoff race amid a five-game losing streak.

Per reports, Orlov and the team had begun talks on a contract extension, but those conversations have gone "nowhere" so far with term being a significant issue. Orlov is one of the team's seven regular NHL defensemen who is a pending free agent. Every blueliner currently on the roster except John Carlson will be a RFA or UFA.

As for Hathaway, he is one of the five pending UFA forwards, joining Conor Sheary, Marcus Johansson, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Lars Eller.

With Orlov out, expect either Matt Irwin or Alex Alexeyev to draw in for him. And for Hathaway, Nicolas Aube-Kubel will return to the lineup with Anthony Mantha on the injured reserve and Alex Ovechkin returning to the mix.

This story is being updated in real time.

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