Sharks deal T.J. Galiardi to Flames for draft pick
TJ Galiardi had five goals and nine assists for 14 points and 14 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Sharks in 2013. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
A day after it was reported here that he was on the trading block, TJ Galiardi is officially on the move.
The Sharks have traded Galiardi to the Calgary Flames for a fourth round draft pick in the 2015 draft, CSNCalifornia.com learned from a league source. The Sharks confirmed the deal later on Tuesday.
Galiardi, a restricted free agent, became expendable when San Jose acquired forward Tyler Kennedy at Sunday's NHL Draft in Newark. According to reports, he signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Flames. The Sharks still have to sign the 26-year-old Kennedy, also a restricted free agent.
Brent Burns is expected to return next season as a forward, while rookie Tomas Hertl could also make the opening night roster in a top six role.
Galiardi, who was born in Calgary, tweeted: “Wow! My lifelong dream has come true!” He also thanked the Sharks and general manager Doug Wilson for “working with me throughout this process. I loved my teammates in San Jose!”
Galiardi, 25, had five goals and nine assists for 14 points and 14 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Sharks in 2013. He was in and out of the lineup for the first half of the season before finding a home on a line with Burns and center Joe Thornton.
He arrived in San Jose, along with Daniel Winnik and a seventh round pick, in exchange for Jamie McGinn and prospect Michael Scarbossa in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 27, 2012. Winnik signed with the Anaheim Ducks last summer.
In a statement, Flames general manager Jay Feaster said: "We are thrilled to add a young player with TJ's size and versatility to our lineup. He can play left wing or center, he competes hard, is a very good energy player, and he is only 25 years old. The fact that he is from Calgary, lives here in the offseason and played for the Hitmen [in the Western Hockey League] is an added bonus, as he is yet another player who is excited to be part of our program going forward."