Galiardi, a Calgary native, played for the WHL's Hitmen in junior and calls Calgary his home in the off-season. The 25-year-old was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 55th overall in 2007 and was traded to the Sharks last February, where he scored six goals and 15 points in part of two seasons. Oh yeah, and did I mention he's 6"2? There seems to be a pattern developing here with the Flames acquiring large former Avalanche players.
The Flames also signed Galiardi to a 1-year deal worth $1.25M, according to the Sun's Randy Sportak, and the forward is glad to be home, to say the least:
Here's what SBN's Sharks blog Fear the Fin had to say about the deal:
...He will likely get a better shot at sticking in a much less crowded top nine for his hometown's Flames.
It's unclear at the moment exactly where Galiardi will fit in the Flames' lineup, but my best guess is that he'll likely be a third line energy-type winger alongside the likes of Max Reinhart/Matt Stajan and David Jones.
Welcome to Calgary, T.J.!