Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings hooks T.J. Galiardi #37 of the San Jose Sharks in the third period during the NHL game at Staples Center on April 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Sharks defeated the Kings 6-5 in shootout overtime.
(April 4, 2012 - Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America)

T.J. Galiardi signs with the San Jose Sharks


Mere days after filing for arbitration, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz is reporting that T.J. Galiardi has inked a one-year extension with the San Jose Sharks. The financial details of the agreement were not immediately available.

Galiardi was taken in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche and stayed within their organization until he was traded to the Sharks on Feb. 27. He had nine goals and 15 points in 69 games last season.

He also took part in three playoff games during the Sharks’ 4-1 series loss to the St. Louis Blues in the first round. During Game 2, Galiardi delivered a controversial hit on St. Louis forward Andy McDonald. He asserted that Galiardi elbowed him in the head so hard that it actually broke his helmet.

Galiardi is primarily a bottom-six forward, who can contribute a bit more offensively than he did in 2011-12.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.