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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#1 icedawg_42
July 02 2013, 02:03PM
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Filling the roster for the upcoming season. Bodes well for not being stupid in free agency??

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#2 jeremywilhelm
July 02 2013, 02:14PM
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Seems like a Glencrossian style pick up.

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#3 Caleb
July 02 2013, 02:20PM
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@Rubberbadger

Please bring in Oshie

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#4 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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#5 TheRealPoc
July 02 2013, 02:03PM
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He did play with the Thornton and Burns top line in the playoffs, and he didn't look out of place. Not to suggest he's a top 6 guy or he'll turn into some kind of possession stud, but it's nice to see the acquisition of a guy who has the requisite skill to play with better players when given the opportunity. If that makes sense.

Anyways, I like it.

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#7 Rubberbadger
July 02 2013, 02:06PM
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Flames 2013: the quest to collect all the TJ's

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#9 Parallex
July 02 2013, 02:17PM
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TJ Galiardi ‏ @TJGaliardi 9m Wow! My lifelong dream has come true!! #FLAMES ________________________________________________

Okey, I now find it impossible to not like the trade.

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#10 BurningSensation
July 02 2013, 02:20PM
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A 25 yr old utility knife forward with energy at $1.25M for a 4th rnd pick?

Nice.

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#11 Parallex
July 02 2013, 02:21PM
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Next Question... who's out and how?

Cammy, Hudler, Sven, Stempniak, Glencross, D. Jones... that's six wingers (Seven when you add Galiardi) for six Top 9 slots. Someones gotta go.

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#12 gussey
July 02 2013, 02:29PM
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So a functional, cheap, home grown, top 9 forward with speed for a 4th round pick.. Sorry, I'm not supposed to be excited about this?

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#13 aloudoun
July 02 2013, 02:42PM
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Sven plays top 6 minutes this year and on at least the number 2 powerplay unit or its a waste

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#14 Parallex
July 02 2013, 03:04PM
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@everton fc

I really don't think that they acquired Galiardi to play 4th line minutes.

I would assume that someone is on the way out either now or on July sixth when the reality of the weak UFA class sets in and teams go looking for upgrades on the trade market. Might not be a bad idea to stockpile some live bodies now and then flip some post-Free Agent Frenzy. Worst case scenario is you get no takers and end up waiving/demoting some.

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#16 TheRealPoc
July 02 2013, 02:04PM
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Plus, hometown kid!

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#17 jeremywilhelm
July 02 2013, 02:07PM
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Hmm, a not terrible move by Feaster. Surprising and pleasant.

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#18 Parallex
July 02 2013, 02:12PM
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Big meh from me... he's only 25 so there might be a little upside left but not much. I dunno... he's young enough that he can be a part of the future so I suppose it isn't bad, but I wonder why not go with a UFA. It's not like 3rd liners cost a lot.

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#19 aloudoun
July 02 2013, 02:12PM
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No complaints about this deal. Although we seem to have quite a few centers and left wingers.

Whens the Cammy trade?

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#20 Rob Ravage
July 02 2013, 02:17PM
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Not a bad move at all. Wouldn't have minded a 2 yr deal @ $2.5 just to have us covered until we get a better idea what youth we have that might be capable of playing for the big club. Plus for TJ is that on this team he has a legitimate chance at 2nd line minutes.

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#21 Austin
July 02 2013, 02:18PM
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Great deal considering he is an above average 3rd liner with versatility.

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#22 gotommygo
July 02 2013, 02:18PM
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According to TSN, the fourth round pick is in 2015 -- that's even better.

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#23 Cowtown 1989
July 02 2013, 02:20PM
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What is the latest on the contracts for Brodie and Backs? Could term be the issue? Has the Brodie camp shot for the stars on comparables(Josi)?

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#24 RexLibris
July 02 2013, 02:26PM
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@Kent Wilson

Would you suggest the Flames put a waiver claim in on, or sign as a free-agent, Jonathon Blum?

He seems to hit some of the right notes for Feaster's rebuild mantra, young, some underlying positive numbers once you drill down, and has enough offensive awareness he can move the puck.

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#25 RKD
July 02 2013, 02:26PM
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We are filling out roster spots, I doubt TJ is going to hit 40 points again but hopefully he proves me wrong. I think his play would be useful in the playoffs.

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#26 BurningSensation
July 02 2013, 02:27PM
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Parallex wrote:

Next Question... who's out and how?

Cammy, Hudler, Sven, Stempniak, Glencross, D. Jones... that's six wingers (Seven when you add Galiardi) for six Top 9 slots. Someones gotta go.

I'm going to guess it's Stempniak.

Cammalleri's ticket will be a lot harder for teams to swallow at this stage of the season, but he's an asset that will improve in value the closer we get to the playoffs.

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#27 bookofloob
July 02 2013, 02:27PM
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1 year deal. I can live with that.

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#28 BurningSensation
July 02 2013, 02:27PM
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Finding a way to bring Jonathon Blum on board would be FANTASTIC.

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#31 Cowtown 1989
July 02 2013, 02:40PM
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If its Old Home Week, Mason Raymond would be a great pickup. I've always admired (cough, choke) how the Oilers youngsters treated Edmonton like home and got to grow together. It would be nice to recreate that here with guys that don't have Drury-itis and want to be here.

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#32 icedawg_42
July 02 2013, 02:40PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

You can be as excited as you want.

It's a fine something for nothing trade. It doesn't blow my skirt up, but it's okay value for sure.

Wonder where he slots? Galiardi - Knight - Jones perhaps? That shifts Baertschi to I don't know where...

should shift him..up...no? Isn't it time for him to get some top 6 minutes?

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#33 BurningSensation
July 02 2013, 02:43PM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

should shift him..up...no? Isn't it time for him to get some top 6 minutes?

Agreed. I think we've seen enough of Baertschi to give him better linemates and see how he performs with a regular top 6 role. If he falters you can always slide Galiardi up a notch.

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#34 RexLibris
July 02 2013, 02:49PM
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@Kent Wilson

That sounds about right. It moves Jackman down the order to where he ought to be playing. Gives some meat and structure to the roster.

I think this is a pretty decent trade, moving a future depth pick for a player right now is good value and actually in keeping with Feaster's stated goals of expediting this rebuild/restructure/whatever.

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#35 RexLibris
July 02 2013, 02:54PM
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Cowtown 1989 wrote:

If its Old Home Week, Mason Raymond would be a great pickup. I've always admired (cough, choke) how the Oilers youngsters treated Edmonton like home and got to grow together. It would be nice to recreate that here with guys that don't have Drury-itis and want to be here.

Raymond would be a nice addition, but if they've already got Jones it creates a redundancy in expendable players.

I'd take Raymond over Jones, personally, but I think the Flames are full of the meat and potatoes guys now. They need to address some top-six talent soon.

Filppula is probably written in bold and underlined on Feaster's whiteboard right now, along with Lecavalier.

Add that name and one or two actual NHL defensemen, instead of O'Brien and the Flames could cobble together a roster that, outside of goaltending, seems reasonable.

The question then might become whether they have something sustainable or are closer to the 2011-2012 Panthers.

This summer's buyouts could be Feaster's lifeline.

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#36 everton fc
July 02 2013, 02:56PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Would you suggest the Flames put a waiver claim in on, or sign as a free-agent, Jonathon Blum?

He seems to hit some of the right notes for Feaster's rebuild mantra, young, some underlying positive numbers once you drill down, and has enough offensive awareness he can move the puck.

I agree. Why not? Blum adds depth at a position we are thin at. Could replace Butler. What's the cap hit, off waivers?

@Paralex "Next Question... who's out and how?

Cammy, Hudler, Sven, Stempniak, Glencross, D. Jones... that's six wingers (Seven when you add Galiardi) for six Top 9 slots. Someones gotta go"

As or Galiardi; perhaps coming home re-invents his game. Or, he could be the next Blake Comeau. Statistically speaking.

Is he a 4th line left wing? We seem deep on the left side, "as is". Why would we move a RW (Stempniak) for a left wing? The LW's include:

Baertschi Hudler Glencross

Begin, Bouma, Reinhart and Horak also come from the left-side. Begin plays centre and LW, as we all know.

So...

Baertschi stays. I'd be surprised if Glencross moves. Begin's probably done here. Which I personnally think is unfortunate- he's a perfect vet to have in the room and on the ice, for a rebuild. Hartley apparently loves Begin. Again, I hope he's back for one more year.

Could Galiardi simply replace Begin, on 4th line LW? And/or is Galiardi a better 4th line option on the left-side, than Bouma? Is Bouma better in the middle next season, than Begin? A lot of us want to see what Bouma can do; is he ready, after the injury? Does Horak play the pivot on the 4th line, between Galiardi and Jackman? This is an interesting trio, to me.

To me, Cammy seems the obvious choice if they grab Lecavalier for the pivot. Which I'm guessing Feaster's working on, as I type.

Perhaps how we look opening night, down the middle?

Lecavalier Backlund Stajan Begin/Bouma/Horak

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#37 lionlager
July 02 2013, 02:58PM
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Parallex wrote:

TJ Galiardi ‏ @TJGaliardi 9m Wow! My lifelong dream has come true!! #FLAMES ________________________________________________

Okey, I now find it impossible to not like the trade.

That's awesome. I like that the Flames are stocking up homegrown talent (even without Shinkaruk). Something great about that, also about a 0% chance of getting Erixon'd with Calgary kids.

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#38 danglesnipecelly
July 02 2013, 03:00PM
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Cowtown 1989 wrote:

If its Old Home Week, Mason Raymond would be a great pickup. I've always admired (cough, choke) how the Oilers youngsters treated Edmonton like home and got to grow together. It would be nice to recreate that here with guys that don't have Drury-itis and want to be here.

Why not... while we'e collecting TJ's we can also acquire every single left winger in the league thus creating a monopoly. Feaster's master plan revealed, genius!

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#39 danglesnipecelly
July 02 2013, 03:00PM
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Cowtown 1989 wrote:

If its Old Home Week, Mason Raymond would be a great pickup. I've always admired (cough, choke) how the Oilers youngsters treated Edmonton like home and got to grow together. It would be nice to recreate that here with guys that don't have Drury-itis and want to be here.

Why not... while we'e collecting TJ's we can also acquire every single left winger in the league thus creating a monopoly. Feaster's master plan revealed, genius!

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#40 everton fc
July 02 2013, 03:07PM
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Parallex wrote:

I really don't think that they acquired Galiardi to play 4th line minutes.

I would assume that someone is on the way out either now or on July sixth when the reality of the weak UFA class sets in and teams go looking for upgrades on the trade market. Might not be a bad idea to stockpile some live bodies now and then flip some post-Free Agent Frenzy. Worst case scenario is you get no takers and end up waiving/demoting some.

Then I'd have to guess Hudler. Who else could it be?

Though for his price tag, he could play 4th line minutes on a team like ours, if 4th line meant more than it traditionally means (remembering Prust/Moss/Nystrom)

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#41 FireOnIce
July 02 2013, 03:08PM
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Always liked Galiardi in Colorado. I remember when Iginla broke his wrist by ramming him into the boards a couple seasons ago.

The price is right and he sounds like he wants to be here. Another body to fill out the roster while the kids develop. If he does well, give him something a little more long-term. If he does poorly, trade him at the deadline.

Win/win here.

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#42 Avalain
July 02 2013, 03:09PM
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Next up, TJ Oshie.

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#43 Cowtown 1989
July 02 2013, 03:09PM
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danglesnipecelly wrote:

Why not... while we'e collecting TJ's we can also acquire every single left winger in the league thus creating a monopoly. Feaster's master plan revealed, genius!

According to NHL bylaws, " no player may ever switch forward position once declared". Thank you for pointing this out to me. These guys are professionals. Otherwise, Fedorov may have never been moved to point on the power play by Scotty Bowman.. Get the talent and see where they fit. We need to get rid of old school Flames thinking. Getting Iggy the one timer on the pp got old in a hurry and also got us out of the playoffs.

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#44 Baalzamon
July 02 2013, 03:29PM
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Avalain wrote:

Next up, TJ Oshie.

Is Hensick(sp) still playing?

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#45 dotfras
July 02 2013, 03:39PM
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Nothing wrong with a team full of hard workers who come to the rink with a desire to win every night. Pretty sure the last time we did anything worth note was in 04 when our whole team was essentially these types of players.

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#46 Primo
July 02 2013, 03:49PM
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Kent.... Your assembly of player stats and numbers is most impressive. What your views lack are information on grit, determination, chemistry and size of heart.

The Flames are on a roll with the addition of some effective veterans that reflect on some of the attributes listed above.

Now Mason Raymond? Jeff Schultz? Please make it happen!!

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#47 Flames Nation Who?
July 02 2013, 03:50PM
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Alright Feaster made a move, Flames Nation let's trash talk this deal

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#48 exsanguinator
July 02 2013, 04:17PM
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He's a full time NHLer that doesn't suck which I would imagine is a lot more than your average fourth round pick can say. This trade gets a pass from me.

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#49 CanadianManiac3
July 02 2013, 04:25PM
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Kris Russell is on waivers and I think Calgary should put a claim on him. He's got decent offensive numbers as a defenceman and seems to move the puck well.

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#50 Burnward
July 02 2013, 05:25PM
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Grab Russell! Great trade Feaster!

I'm loving this man this offseason...

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