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After failing to catch on with Blues, Galiardi signs in KHL

T.J. Galiardi, the journeyman forward that attended St. Louis’ training camp on a PTO, has signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL, the club announced on Wednesday.

Galiardi, 28, came back to North America this fall after spending last season in the Swedish League, with the Malmo Redhawks. The former Avalanche, Shark, Flame and Jet appeared in over 300 NHL contests over a seven-year span, which included a career-high 15 goals and 39 points for Colorado during the 2009-10 campaign.

Galiardi was at Blues camp with a number of other veterans — Eric Nystrom, Mike Weber, Chris Porter — none of whom cracked the opening-night roster.

With Medvescak, Galiardi will skate alongside a slew of ex-NHLers, including Drew MacIntyre, Shaone Morrisonn, Alex Bolduc, Bobby Butler and Lucas Lessio

 

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    Goalie nods: Flames start Johnson for fifth time in six games

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    Things sure are getting interesting in Calgary.

    After Brian Elliott made just his sixth start of the month on Monday — a loss to the Sabres, in which he allowed four goals on 32 shots — the Flames have decided to go back to Chad Johnson, who will make his fifth start in the last six games in Columbus.

    The move from St. Louis to Calgary has proven to be a struggle for Elliott. His numbers with his new team are ugly — 3-9-0, .882 save percentage, 3.42 GAA — and first-year head coach Glen Gulutzan doesn’t seem ready to let Elliott play through it.

    Part of the reason for that is Johnson, who has been the Flames’ savior lately. The journeyman has been solid in November, going 4-2-0 with a .917 save percentage, and has helped the club ever-so-slightly right the ship after a 5-10-1 start to the year.

    For the host Blue Jackets, there are no such problems in goal. Sergei Bobrovsky has been terrific, and he’ll start once again tonight.

    Elsewhere…

    — For the Wild, Devan Dubnyk‘s back in after a rare night off (Darcy Kuemper started Monday versus Dallas). He’ll be up against Connor Hellebuyck and the Jets.

    Jimmy Howard starts his third in a row for the Red Wings, who are in Buffalo. The Sabres will continue to ride Robin Lehner, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Calgary on Monday.

    Jhonas Enroth was the first goalie off at Toronto’s morning skate, so he projects to give Frederik Andersen the night off in New Jersey. The Devils are going with Cory Schneider.

    — No word yet who Pittsburgh will start in the second of a home-and-home series against the Rangers (Marc-Andre Fleury played in Monday’s 5-2 loss). New York will start Henrik Lundqvist.

    Braden Holtby goes for Washington, as the Caps host the Blues. No word yet on a St. Louis starter. Jake Allen, who has been excellent lately, stopped 39 of 41 shots in last night’s win over Boston.

    — Philly hasn’t confirmed, but many thought tonight would be the night for Anthony Stolarz’s NHL debut. Steve Mason made 38 saves in a 3-1 win over Florida last night, so he could get this evening off. For the Bolts, Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s in goal.

    — It’s Kari Lehtonen versus Pekka Rinne as the Stars take on the Preds in Nashville.

    Martin Jones, coming off a 26-save shutout of the Devils on Monday, will be back in goal for the Sharks. Chicago has yet to announce a starter.

    Cam Talbot, coming off a 31-save shutout of the Blackhawks on Monday, will be back in goal for the Oilers. He’ll be up against Semyon Varlamov, who was huge for Colorado in an OT win against the Jackets last time out.

    Ryan Miller makes his first start since Nov. 13, when the Canucks visit Arizona. Mike Smith goes for the Coyotes, in a veteran-laden matchup.

    Jaroslav Halak returns to No. 1 duties for the Isles, after Thomas Greiss beat the Ducks in a shootout last night. He’ll square off against Peter Budaj, in goal for the host Kings.

    Avs to healthy scratch Grigorenko for first time this season

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    Earlier today, we passed along news of Nikita Zadorov responding — positively — to Colorado making him a healthy scratch.

    Now, the Avs are doing the same with another key piece acquired in the Ryan O'Reilly trade.

    Mikhail Grigorenko, who has six points while appearing in all 18 games this year, will be parked in the press box when Colorado hosts Edmonton this evening, per the Denver Post.

    Grigorenko got off to a reasonably solid start this year, scoring four points in his first seven games, which included a season-high 16:48 of ice time in a win over the Bolts. But things have tailed off in November — he’s failed to crack 10 minutes played in three of his last four games, which included just 9:32 in Monday’s win over the Jackets.

    It’s a bit surprising that head coach Jared Bednar would tinker with a winning lineup. Colorado has won back-to-back games for just the second time this year, and is about to embark on a five-game homestand that runs through Dec. 3.

    It looks as though Joe Colborne — a healthy scratch against Columbus — will draw back into the lineup tonight.

    Preds make moves, waive Carle and Bass

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    Nashville exposed a pair of veteran skaters to waivers on Wednesday, putting forward Cody Bass and d-man Matt Carle on the wire.

    Bass, 29, has been with the Preds organization for a while and signed a two-year, two-way extension with the club in July. Through nine games this year, he has no points and 19 PIM, while averaging just 6:46 TOI in what’s largely been a fourth-line checking role.

    Carle, 32, was signed this summer after getting bought out by the Lightning. Inked to a low-risk deal (one year, $700,000), the hope was that Carle could replicate some of the form shown earlier in his career — a two-time 40-point scorer, Carle was a good offensive defenseman in his prime (which is how he landed a six-year, $33 million deal from the Bolts in the first place).

    Like Bass, Carle had a minimal impact in Nashville this season. He appeared in just six games, averaging a shade over 13 minutes per, and hasn’t been in the lineup since Oct. 26.

    Should both guys clear, it’s assumed they’ll be assigned to Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

    Banged-up Jets are finally getting healthy — well, healthier anyway

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    To say Winnipeg’s had injury problems over the last month would be putting it mildly.

    The club has, at one time or another, been without the services of Bryan Little, Drew Stafford, Kyle Connor, Mathieu Perreault, Joel Armia and Shawn Matthias — which, for those of you that don’t like counting, is six regular forwards out of the rotation.

    Which is why today was a good day in the ‘Peg.

    The club activated Stafford off IR, and sent Quinton Howden to AHL Manitoba. Stafford, 31, has been out of the lineup since getting hurt in an Oct. 25 loss to Dallas, and has missed the last 15 games as a result.

    Stafford’s return comes one day after Little — hurt in the season-opener against Carolina — returned to practice in a non-contact role. Connor also returned wearing a non-contact jersey, after sustaining an upper-body injury earlier this month.

    The Jets will undoubtedly welcome any boost Stafford, Little or Connor can provide. After a nice stretch of play that saw them move to 9-7-2 on the year, they’ve flatlined lately, dropping three straight games while getting outscored 12-4 (and getting out-shot 100-73).

    To put things in perspective, Winnipeg should be lauded for treading water thus far — don’t forget the club was also without Jacob Trouba, who made his season debut on Nov. 11. Head coach Paul Maurice has been forced into a constant juggling act with his lineup, and has dressed 18 different forwards already.

    Winnipeg is back in action tonight, when it takes on Minnesota.