Stanislav Galiev’s career within the Capitals organization appears to be at an end.
Galiev, 25, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and, given his comments on Friday’s breakdown day in Hershey, it does not sound as if he is anticipating a return.
Stan Galiev, who's a UFA, essentially stated he will be moving on from the Caps organization. "It's going to be something different for me."— Kyle Mace (@kylemace) May 19, 2017
The Russian forward has had an inconsistent career at both the AHL and NHL level. Drafted in the third round by the Capitals in 2010, Galiev did not make his NHL debut until 2015. He made the Capitals roster out of training camp for the 2015-16 season, but struggled to stay in the lineup. Because he would have had to pass through waivers, however, the team did not elect to send him to AHL and he was stuck in hockey purgatory, only playing in 24 games for the Caps that season.
Galiev did not make the NHL team in 2016-17. Head coach Barry Trotz explained, “If I had to start our 12 forwards, he wouldn't be in there.”
Since being drafted in 2010, Galiev has played in just 26 NHL games in his career with one goal and three assists. This season in Hershey, he scored 21 goals and 19 assists in 56 games.
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