Flames part ways with Galiardi, Byron


Upon being acquired by his hometown Calgary Flames last July, T.J. Galiardi referred to the move as a “dream.”

Twelve months later…well, the situation is far less dreamy.

The Flames didn’t make Galiardi a qualifying offer on Monday, essentially ending his stint in Calgary after just one year on the job. Calgary also parted ways with center and fellow RFA Paul Byron, who posted a career-high 21 points in 47 games last year.

Galiardi, though, is by far the biggest name and one of the most experienced RFAs not to earn a qualifying offer. While he’s somewhat removed from his banner 2009-10 campaign — in his first full NHL season, Galiardi posted 15 goals and 39 points in 70 games for Colorado — the former WHL Calgary standout has 283 regular season and 20 playoff games on his resume, and over 100 career points.

Galiardi did make $1.25 million last season, though, and wasn’t a favorite of head coach Bob Hartley, often sitting as a healthy scratch. So it’s not really surprising Calgary opted to go in a different direction.

As for Byron, the 25-year-old never found a fit in Calgary, splitting most of the last three seasons between the big club and AHL Abbotsford. One of the smallest players in the NHL — 5-foot-7, 153 pounds — Byron will have a chance to catch on somewhere else tomorrow, when he becomes a UFA.

Other Flames not receiving qualifying offers today included David Eddy, James Martin, and Olivier Roy.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.