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Stanislav Galiev waived from Caps’ training camp roster

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In a surprising move, the Washington Capitals released forward Stanislav Galiev in a round of training camp cuts on Saturday afternoon. Galiev will have to clear waivers before he can report to Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey.

“Looking at our roster, where Stan was, just wasn’t seeing enough impact in the games,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “I talked to Stan about that. We felt that we need him to play. If I have to start our 12 forwards, he wouldn’t be in there, so he’s in the same boat as he was last year.

“The person is exceptional, if you know anything about Stan. He’s got speed, he’s got skill, but there hasn’t been any production, and that’s maybe because he hasn’t played a lot. He’s got all of the pieces. We’re hoping that he goes down and puts all of those pieces together and be the player that we think he can be.”

The fear of exposing Galiev on waivers kept him on the Capitals’ roster for the entire 2015-16 season. He played in 24 games and scored three assists. With his contract becoming a one-way deal this season, it was believed that he’d again spend the year in Washington and be given the opportunity for more playing time. He’ll make $575,000 this season regardless of where he plays, and he will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

“I think we understand the risks,” Trotz said. “Probably the biggest thing is we feel more comfortable with our depth.”

Forwards Paul Carey, Brad Malone and Christian Thomas — all on two-way deals — were also waived Saturday and will have to clear waivers, but their releases were expected.

Zach Sanford, Zach Sill and Aaron Ness remain in training camp, competing for an opening night roster spot. Trotz said the plan is to start the season with 22 players on the roster, meaning there’s just one forward spot up for grabs, and Sanford is the favorite to get it. It’s possible that Sanford’s play in training camp pushed Galiev out of the Capitals’ immediate plans.

Prospect defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler is also on the training camp roster because he’s “dealing with a few family issues,” but he was projected to spend the season with Hershey. He didn’t practice on Saturday.

General Manager Brian MacLellan “is working with Siegenthaler, his agent on trying to rectify — he’s got a family situation that is very serious — and we want to do the right thing for the player, as well as the organization,” Trotz said. “Mac’s working on a plan for him, so that he can work. Until that gets resolved, he’s going to be here and he’s going to train and that hopefully will be resolved fairly shortly, hopefully by first thing next week. But we want to do the right thing.”