As Dmitry Orlov’s contract negotiations with the Washington Capitals have dragged on, there’s been uncertainty building about the restricted free agent defenseman’s future with the organization. Speaking after Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey practice Sunday night at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Orlov didn’t even seem sure of where he’d be playing hockey next season.

“Of course, every player wants to have contract and every player wants to know where he going to play after World Cup,” Orlov said. “But right now, I focus on World Cup and we’ll see how it goes.”

The threat of injury while still unsigned for next season made competing in the World Cup a risk for Orlov, despite being insured through the NHL and NHLPA. The Capitals open training camp on Sept. 23, and Orlov is expected to miss the start of that while competing with Team Russia.

Asked if he was still confident that he would re-sign with Washington, Orlov said he didn’t know.

“It’s hard to say,” he said. “I was five years in this organization, and everything was good, you know?”