Flames Acquire TJ Galiardi from San Jose

Kent Wilson
July 02 2013 02:00PM

Word from Pierre Lebrun on twitter is the Flames have traded a 4th round pick to the San Jose Sharks for former Hitman and Calgary native LW TJ Galiardi.

Galiardi's the right age (25), but his best season in the NHL was his rookie year in 2009-10 when he scored 15 goals and 39 points. Since then, he's mostly been what you'd call a very typical 3rd line player: a guy who faces other bottom-sixers at even strength for about 11 minutes a night, doesn't score all that much and doesn't really advance play.

Last year with the Sharks Galiardi played relatively soft competition, had a zone start ratio just south of 50% and was marginally underwater in terms of relative possession rate. The year before was similar, although his possession rate and zone start ratio were worse and tougher by a few degrees.

As a player Galiardi has decent size (6'2", 190), is pretty fast if memory serves and he he can be a tenacious forechecker. He has enough offensive ability to be a double digit goal scorer over a full season in thr right circumstances, but his ceiling probably doesn't crest 40 points.

Galiardi is an established NHLer and he might still improve given his age, but there isn't much evidence to suggest he'll suddenly turn into a guy who can take on tough minutes or consistently score at a top-6 rate. The price of a 4th rounder is nominal, though, and Galiardi can play some so it's certainly better than the club using a 5th rounder on someone like P3L.

Galiardi is an RFA, so add his name to growing list of restricted free agents the club has to get inked. He shouldn't cost much to sign since his last deal was $950k and he hasn't done anything since then to warrant a significant raise.

Personally, the trade doesn't register as overly good or bad - like the David Jones trade, the Flames receive a capable enough NHLer who can act as a placeholder as the team goes through the rebuild, but I doubt he's a guy that will feature prominently in the proposed resurrection down the line.

 

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#51 ChinookArch
July 02 2013, 05:44PM
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@BurningSensation

My thoughts exactly. If the forward ranks are full I see Stempniak as trade target. He has a decent contract and I think the Flames could get a pretty good return on him.

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#52 Burnward
July 02 2013, 05:44PM
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We are going to be no fun to play against next year with a couple more moves.

This is all going very well.

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#53 Colin.S
July 02 2013, 05:59PM
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THIS is the kind of Jay Feaster move I can get behind, for a fourth round pick, looking at the guys we took yesterday in the third and later, a 4th for Galiardi is fantastic.

As the Hawks showed with their cup run, you gotta have depth(same with the Bruins). Not saying we are going to the cup anytime soon, but it's nice to see Feaster fill out the bottom of the rotation with guys in an age bracket that will be useful to this team now and going forward.

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#54 Brent G.
July 02 2013, 06:26PM
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danglesnipecelly wrote:

Thanks for your heaping pile of sarcasm. I was merely pointing out the fact they have a ton of LW's right now. The comment wasn't directed at you so no need to take it personally.

Man, can we all stop acting like a bunch of prepubescent girls who just got their first period? This is the Internet. This is what it is for....

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#55 MC Hockey
July 02 2013, 07:12PM
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I see Galiardi, Cammi, Bouma, Horak besides Stajan and Backlund as possible Centres. Sarcasm aside, all these players, especially Horak can be effective Centres. And Vinny signed in Philadelphia (announced before he is officially allowed to apparently)

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#56 Tommynotsohuge
July 02 2013, 08:51PM
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Sven-Backlund-Hudler Glenncross-Stajan-Stepniak Galliardi-Knight-Jones Hanowski-Reinheart-Jackman Monahan

I didn't include Cammy because he is as good as gone. If this roster doesn't get you Max's brother,Sam next year, I don't know what will

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#57 Baalzamon
July 02 2013, 09:03PM
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Don't forget Ekblad!!

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#58 Baalzamon
July 02 2013, 09:04PM
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Don't forget Ekblad!!

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#59 McRib
July 02 2013, 09:05PM
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Corbin Knight & TJ Galiardi both for fourth rounders... Honestly those St. Louis/Pittsburgh trades are both looking very decent, as we netted two solid Top. 6 Prospects in the first round and four other possible NHLers down the road... For a very aged Iginla and Bouwmeester.... I'm not criticizing anything Feaster is doing lately thats for sure!! Credit where credit is due!!! Keep it up the next couple of days should be very interesting. The minute Murray Edwards allowed Feaster to "rebuild" he has not made an unfavourable move with me.

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#60 McRib
July 02 2013, 09:14PM
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The best thing about these depth moves is it might force a Sean Monahan back to junior for a year and allow him to further develop the right way!!

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#61 Baalzamon
July 02 2013, 09:26PM
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McRib wrote:

The best thing about these depth moves is it might force a Sean Monahan back to junior for a year and allow him to further develop the right way!!

This. So much. If Monahan's ready then so be it (and he'll have to beat out some legitimate players to prove it). If not, send him back to the OHL so he can dominate and lead his team.

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#62 clyde
July 02 2013, 09:39PM
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This. So much. If Monahan's ready then so be it (and he'll have to beat out some legitimate players to prove it). If not, send him back to the OHL so he can dominate and lead his team.

If he goes back, he needs some linemates and a better team to play with.

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#63 T&A4Flames
July 02 2013, 10:26PM
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What is so funny is that these players that Feaster has acquired recently are exactly the type of players that the Oilers need. I thought MacT was going to be all over deals like this.

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#64 T&A4Flames
July 02 2013, 10:31PM
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Not sure who I would have cantering them,but I like the idea of Jones and Hudler on the same line. Creativity and size.

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#65 Cowtown 1989
July 02 2013, 10:41PM
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danglesnipecelly wrote:

Thanks for your heaping pile of sarcasm. I was merely pointing out the fact they have a ton of LW's right now. The comment wasn't directed at you so no need to take it personally.

Agreed and thank you for your clarification. My point was simply that a rising tide floats all boats. By improving our overall skill level individually, we can only get better( regardless of position). We won't have to call up AHLers on such a regular basis.

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#66 SmellOfVictory
July 02 2013, 11:35PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Man, can we all stop acting like a bunch of prepubescent girls who just got their first period? This is the Internet. This is what it is for....

I hate to nitpick (kidding, I love to nitpick), but if a girl has had her first period, she is most certainly pubescent.

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#67 Ken V.
July 03 2013, 12:16AM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

I hate to nitpick (kidding, I love to nitpick), but if a girl has had her first period, she is most certainly pubescent.

...But only just

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#68 Tommynotsohuge
July 03 2013, 06:43AM
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Well played good sir. Well played

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#69 Robert Johnson
July 03 2013, 03:08PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Man, can we all stop acting like a bunch of prepubescent girls who just got their first period? This is the Internet. This is what it is for....

Brent G: Get some help - with a comment like this - you need it desperately.

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#70 dotfras
July 03 2013, 09:28PM
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What is our lineup looking like for next year?

LW Cammalleri / Baertschi / Hudler / Glencross / Galliardi / Horak

C Backlund / Stajan / Knight / Reinhart / B Jones /

RW Stempniak / D Jones / Jackman / Hanowski

D 1 Giordano / Brodie 2 Wideman / O'Brien 3 Smith / Butler + Cundari

G Ramo? / MacDonald

Need to swap Cam or Hudler (or both) for a C + RW.

D could use some more depth as well.

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#71 Baalzamon
July 03 2013, 09:53PM
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dotfras wrote:

What is our lineup looking like for next year?

LW Cammalleri / Baertschi / Hudler / Glencross / Galliardi / Horak

C Backlund / Stajan / Knight / Reinhart / B Jones /

RW Stempniak / D Jones / Jackman / Hanowski

D 1 Giordano / Brodie 2 Wideman / O'Brien 3 Smith / Butler + Cundari

G Ramo? / MacDonald

Need to swap Cam or Hudler (or both) for a C + RW.

D could use some more depth as well.

Cammalleri and Hudler both play RW.

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