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Capitals place Stanislav Galiev on waivers

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The Washington Capitals have shuffled their roster on Saturday and one of the moves was somewhat surprising.

The Caps waived forward Stanislav Galiev, who spent the entire 2015-16 season on their roster.

The 24-year-old spent most of last year as a healthy scratch because the team was worried that they wouldn’t be able to sneak him through waivers. That obviously aren’t as concerned about that anymore (or they just don’t care).

He had no goals and three assists in 24 games last year.

The Russian forward has one year remaining on his contract that will see him make $575,000 regardless of where he plays this season (NHL or AHL).

The emergence of Zach Sanford and the off-season acquisition of Brett Connolly definitely didn’t help Galiev’s chances of sticking with the team.

Washington also placed forwards Christian Thomas, Paul Carey and Brad Malone on waivers. Unlike Galiev, these three players are all on two-way contracts.

Capitals clinch: Washington wraps up top spot in Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference

OTTAWA, Ontario — Alex Ovechkin scored his 43rd goal and the Washington Capitals clinched the Metropolitan Division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Mike Richards, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, with an empty net, also scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots.

Chris Wideman and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson made 18 saves.

The loss will likely fuel the controversy started by owner Eugene Melnyk earlier in the morning when he told reporters changes could be expected during the offseason. Melnyk called the season, “just a total roller coaster of hope and despair.”

The Senators also lost defenseman Dion Phaneuf as he took a hit from Brooks Orpik in the second period. Phaneuf managed to play a few more shifts, but did not return for the third period because of a lower-body injury.

Trailing 3-1, the Senators’ best opportunity in the third came on the power play, but Ottawa has struggled with the man advantage – going 0-for-27 through 10 games and 0 for 4 on Tuesday.

Zibanejad gave life to the crowd, scoring at 18:27 from a sharp angle as the puck went in off Holtby. But the Senators were unable to complete the comeback and Oshie iced the game with an empty-net goal.

Washington led 3-0 before the Senators got on board midway through the second as Wideman managed to get a shot through traffic to beat Holtby.

The Senators fell behind by three goals in the first period.

Washington opened the scoring at 2:32 after a couple of bad defensive plays left Richards all alone out front. Ovechkin then scored his 43rd of the season on the power play midway through the period after taking a great pass from Marcus Johansson to bury it past Anderson. Just over two minutes later, Backstrom made it 3-0.

The Senators’ best opportunity to get back in the game came with a 1:03 two-man advantage late in the period, but they were unable to create any great chances.

NOTES: Ottawa RW Chris Neil was a late scratch because of illness. Ryan Dzingel played in his place. Mark Stone wore an `A’ in Neil’s absence. Washington C Michael Latta, RW Stanislav Galiev and D Nate Schmidt were healthy scratches.

After 34 games, Tinordi to make season debut for Habs tonight

Been a long time coming for Jarred Tinordi.

Montreal’s first-round pick (22nd overall) in 2010, Tinordi will finally get a chance to play this season when he replaces the injured Jeff Petry on defense versus Nashville.

The 23-year-old had previously been a healthy scratch in all 34 of the Habs’ games this season, a situation that has been monitored closely — and garnered a lot of attention — throughout the campaign.

More: Tinordi becomes the latest youngster to be sent to the AHL for ‘conditioning’

Because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, Tinordi’s been “stuck” on Montreal’s roster for most of the season. It’s a similar situation to what Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here) and Patrik Nemeth (see here) have experienced, though Tinordi had to wait longer than all of them to make his regular-season debut.

“It’s a situation that’s been very difficult for [Tinordi], we all know,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said, per Sportsnet. “He’s been training hard, he has a good attitude. We hope he has a good game because he deserves to.”

Tinordi is projected to play on the club’s third pairing, alongside veteran Tom Gilbert.

Habs recall Tinordi, Tokarski

Montreal made a pair of moves on Sunday, bringing up d-man Jarred Tinordi and goalie Dustin Tokarski from AHL St. John’s.

Tinordi, 23, has been a significant story for the Canadiens this season despite failing to appear in a single game. The former first-round pick has been stuck in limbo — the club’s depth on defense has kept him from getting into the lineup, but because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, he’s been forced to remain on Montreal’s roster.

This latest stint in the AHL was of the “conditioning” variety. It’s a max two-week stay, not unlike what other youngsters stuck in a similar situation have gone through: Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here) and Patrik Nemeth (see here), to name a few.

As for Tokarski, he’s been up and down between Montreal and St. John’s a few times already this year. After losing the Habs’ backup gig to Mike Condon, he looked as though he’d be spending extensive time with the IceCaps — but, in light of Carey Price‘s injury problems, Tokarski is once again backing up.

To make room for Tokarski, the Canadiens demoted Zachary Fucale.

NHL has no plans to change waiver rules

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Even with all the young players that have been healthy scratches this season, don’t expect the NHL to change its waiver rules.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT in an email that it’s not something that’s “ever been considered.”

“For better or worse that’s what waiver rules are there for,” Daly wrote. “They force Clubs to make tough decisions.”

Today, Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi became the latest waiver-eligible youngster to be sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning loan.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season. If he were still exempt from waivers, he’d have undoubtedly been sent to the AHL long before he had to watch so many NHL games from the press box.

In light of situations like Tinordi’s, some have suggested the NHL change the rules. Currently, the only risk-free way for waiver-eligible players to get playing time in the AHL is via conditioning stint, and, as mentioned, those are limited to 14 days in length.

So the Habs will, indeed, need to make a “tough decision” when Tinordi’s conditioning stint is up. Do they put him in the lineup? Do they keep him in the press box and wait for an injury or some other circumstance to create an opportunity for him to play? Do they risk losing him to waivers by attempting to send him to the AHL? Do they trade him?

Your call, Marc Bergevin.

Related: Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL