Flames Acquire TJ Galiardi from San Jose

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.


  • Parallex

    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!!

  • MattyFranchise

    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.

  • CanadianManiac3

    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.

  • Colin.S

    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.

  • MC Hockey

    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)

  • Tommynotsohuge






    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

  • McRib

    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.

  • T&A4Flames

    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.

  • 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.