Fresh off a five-game conditioning stint in which he recorded three goals for the Hershey Bears, right wing Stan Galiev was recalled by the Capitals on Monday and is expected to take the ice when the big club returns to practice on Tuesday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Galiev, 23, made the Caps’ roster out of training camp but played in just two of the team’s first 11 games. He was sent to the Bears on a conditioning stint on Nov. 5 and scored three goals in his first two games. Galiev did not record a point for the Bears in their next three games, lopsided losses to Wilkes-Barre Scranton (7-0) and Bridgeport (5-0) and a 3-1 win over Rochester.
Under CBA rules, Galiev could have remained in Hershey for the full 14-day conditioning assignment, but since the Bears don’t play until Friday, the Caps, who were carrying 12 healthy forwards, recalled him and are expected to take him to Detroit for Wednesday night’s game against the Red Wings.
In two games for the Caps this season Galiev recorded one assist. He spent the first month of the season as a spare part for the Caps behind right wingers T.J. Oshie, Andre Burakovsky, Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie.
"We all know what Galiev's strengths are, and he needs to continue to work on his board play and defensive game," Bears coach Troy Mann said last week. "I think it got a lot better last year as the season progressed. Unfortunately for him, there's some huge depth on the right side in Washington with T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams and Tom Wilson, plus Andre Burakovsky is playing there because there's too much depth on the left side, too.
"Galli's biggest problem right now is the depth at his position. I don't see him as a fourth-line type of player. To put him in and give him six or seven minutes of ice time, you're not going to see the true value of the player there. He needs to get quality minutes because he's a skilled guy."
Under CBA rules, an NHL player is granted only one conditioning assignment per season. That means that if the Caps want to re-assign Galiev to the Bears he will first need to clear waivers.
Winger Chris Brown falls under the same category. Currently on a conditioning assignment with the Bears, he has no points and four penalty minutes in his first two games with the Bears. Brown can remain in Hershey until Nov. 27, at which point he must return to the Caps.