Toucher & Hardy

Toucher & Hardy

Toucher & Hardy

The Boston Bruins acquired Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway Thursday from the Washington Capitals to help bolster roster depth. The pair of former Capitals made their Bruins debut Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

On Monday’s Toucher & Rich program, Matt Vautour, columnist at MassLive.com, expressed his satisfaction with the Bruins’ recent transaction.

  • VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 25: Dmitry Orlov #81 and Tomas Nosek #92 of the Boston Bruins defend against Andrei Kuzmenko #96 of the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of their NHL game at Rogers Arena on February 25, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

    VANCOUVER, CANADA – FEBRUARY 25: Dmitry Orlov #81 and Tomas Nosek #92 of the Boston Bruins defend against Andrei Kuzmenko #96 of the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of their NHL game at Rogers Arena on February 25, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

  • What do you think about the trade?

    Matt Vautour: I thought it was a good move. If the Bruins only got Orlov, it would still be a good move. He’s a guy who can play a lot of minutes and on either side defensively. He’s flexible if the team has an injury. Orlov can also play some powerplay minutes and kill penalties. He’s won a Stanley Cup with the Capitals and been in big games.

  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01: Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals warms up before playing against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on February 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 01: Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals warms up before playing against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on February 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • Matt Vautour: Getting Hathaway was a nice bonus too. That’s the type of player that the Bruins didn’t have before the trade, a bottom-six forward that will go out there and hit people. If your opponent is going into the corner to get the puck, they know if he’s on the ice, and they’re rushing because they know he’s going to drill them. That’s all he’s doing on the ice, going out and knocking guys around. 

  • VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 25: Garnet Hathaway #21 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck during the second period of their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on February 25, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

    VANCOUVER, CANADA – FEBRUARY 25: Garnet Hathaway #21 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck during the second period of their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on February 25, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

  • Is Hathaway a perfect fit for the Bruins?

    Matt Vautour: Absolutely. That’s what his agent said right after the trade too. He doesn’t have Lucic’s offensive abilities, but he’ll go into the corner and go after players. You’re looking for that type of player. The top line of any opponent the Bruins are playing won’t be as sharp in the third period because he’s knocking those guys into the boards several times.

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