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Back in AHL, Stanislav Galiev hoping to rediscover his scoring touch
4 2016 . Washington Post. By Isabelle Khurshudyan

Upon arriving to Hershey after being waived by the Washington Capitals, Stanislav Galiev tried to focus on the positives. He wasnt in the NHL anymore, but maybe that wasnt all bad news. For starters, being back in the American Hockey League meant hed return to playing in a significant role.

I was actually happy to finally play the game, Galiev said in a phone interview. I was excited about that. The first couple of game, we played well as a line, and it was fun to play actually around 16 to 18 minutes.

You cannot look back and be grumpy all of the time, Galiev added. You have to move forward, play hard, get some points, get your confidence back and improve your game.

Galiev was one of the last cuts at training camp in early October, and it was a surprise considering he was in Washington all of last year. With his contract becoming a one-way deal this season, it was believed that Galiev would again spend the year in Washington and be given the opportunity for more playing time. Hell make $575,000 this season regardless of where he plays, and he will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

It was the fear of exposing Galiev to waivers kept him on the Capitals roster for the entire 2015-16 season, but he played in just 24 games, scoring three assists.

Looking at our roster, where Stan was, just wasnt seeing enough impact in the games, Coach Barry Trotz said at the time. I talked to Stan about that. We felt that we need him to play. If I have to start our 12 forwards, he wouldnt be in there, so hes in the same boat as he was last year.

The person is exceptional, if you know anything about Stan. Hes got speed, hes got skill, but there hasnt been any production, and thats maybe because he hasnt played a lot. Hes got all of the pieces. Were hoping that he goes down and puts all of those pieces together and be the player that we think he can be.

Galiev said he had a similar conversation with Bears Coach Troy Mann when he first arrived to Hershey.

He told me, like, I have to start playing because its not going to help me being in the press box, Galiev said. Its hard to develop.

Galiev has battled injuries to start the Bears season, so hes played in just four games and has two assists.

Im just trying to get my scoring touch back, you know? Galiev said. I think I just have to get one and then get my confidence back. Hopefully, its going to start clicking. Its just about time. Yeah, I really need to get goals production.


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