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Jonas Siegenthaler cut from training camp roster, will play season in Zurich

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Prospect defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler was released from the Washington Capitals’ training camp roster on Sunday, and the team announced that he will be playing for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland. Coach Barry Trotz said earlier this week that Siegenthaler has been “dealing with a few family issues.”

Siegenthaler, the Capitals’ 2015 second-round draft pick, signed a three-year entry-level contract last year. He was on loan to the Zurich Lions last season, and in 40 games, the stay-at-home Swiss blue-liner scored three goals and tallied five assists. When the season was over, he played in six games with the Hershey Bears, but Bears Coach Troy Mann said he was “banged up” from the playoffs in Switzerland, so the organization decided to start his offseason before Hershey’s playoff run.

Siegenthaler said last month that he intended to play in North America this season; he was projected to spend the the season with Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate.

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 on Saturday. “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.”

Galiev clears waivers

Forward Stanislav Galiev will report to the Hershey Bears’ training camp after he cleared waivers this weekend. Paul Carey, Christian Thomas and Brad Malone also cleared waivers after being released from the Capitals’ training camp roster.

The fear of exposing Galiev on waivers kept him on the Capitals’ roster for the entire 2015-16 season, though he played in just 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.

“Looking at our roster, where Stan was, just wasn’t seeing enough impact in the games,” 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.”

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