When last we checked on Stanislav Galiev he had traded one bad situation in North America for another tough situation in the KHL. Now it looks like things have finally been resolved.
Galiev's contract with the Capitals expired this offseason. Facing an uncertain NHL future, Galiev elected to return to Russia and sign with the KHL. Unfortunately for him, his rights were owned by the Dynamo Moscow, a team dealing with massive financial issues. After firing the team president, the parent company declared it was no longer beholden to its financial obligations, including player contracts. The KHL declared the team's players unrestricted free agents, but Galiev was stuck in limbo. His rights were owned by the former Dynamo Moscow so he could not play and could not sign with anyone else.
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But the issue now appears to be resolved as the league announced he has signed with Ak Bars.
Galiev spent the 2015-16 NHL season in a different hockey limbo as he was no longer waiver exempt, but could not crack the Capitals' lineup. Rather than risk sending him to the AHL, he was kept in the NHL and played only 29 games between the two leagues that season.
Hopefully for him, he has finally found a hockey home where he can thrive.
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