According to TSN on Friday, the Winnipeg Jets have signed forward T.J. Galiardi to a one year contract worth $750,000 from the Calgary Flames. In 2013-14, Galiardi notched four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 62 games. Galiardi is versatile because he can play left wing and center.
Galiardi, a native Calgarian, represents the United States internationally. That is because his mother is an American citizen. Galiardi meanwhile joins defensemen Zach Bogosian, Mark Stuart, Jacob Trouba, and Dustin Byfuglien, as well as forwards Blake Wheeler, Jim Slater and Eric Tangradi who are American hockey players on the Winnipeg Jets roster.
In order for Galiardi to be productive in Winnipeg however, he will have to be better defensively. Last season he was a career low -13, not good enough when he was basically in a checking role for the Flames and only averaging 14 minutes and 36 seconds per game.
In the past week the Jets have also re-signed right winger Matt Halischuk and Calgary native Keaton Ellerby. Halischuk had five goals and five assists for 10 points, while Ellerby, a defenseman, had two goals and four assists for six points.
In other Flames news, according to TSN, former Calgary Flames' defenseman Cory Sarich was in a Calgary hospital last week after being hit by a car while cycling in Invermere, British Columbia. Sarich, who played last season with the Colorado Avalanche, is currently an unrestricted free agent. Sarich notched one goal and nine assists for 10 points in 54 games. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sarich played for the Flames from 2007-2013.
Also former Flames' defenseman Rob Ramage has been named the Montreal Canadiens' player development coach. Ramage played for the Flames from 1987-1989 and was on the Flames team that won the 1989 Stanley Cup, interestingly in six games over the Montreal Canadiens.