Winnipeg Jets’ forward T.J. Galiardi has signed with the Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League according to a report.
Galiardi signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 with the Jets last summer, but was never really a fit.
The 27-year-old was waived on two separate occasions by the Jets, but went unclaimed.
In 38 games with Winnipeg during the 2014-15 season, Galiardi had one goal, two penalty minutes and a minus-8 rating while averaging 10:28 in ice time.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Calgary native was never able to replicate the 15-goal, 39-point campaign he had during his rookie season with the Colorado Avalanche.
Justin Pogge is hoping to return to North America for the 2015-16 season.
The 29-year-old spent this season with Farjestads in the Swedish Hockey League posting a 13-13-0 record to go a long with a 2.01 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage.
“I would love a deal that would give me the best chance at getting back into the NHL,” Pogge told PHT. “A one-way deal would ideal.”
Pogge has one year remaining on his deal in the SHL, but the contract carries an NHL-out clause meaning he can sign in North America prior to June 15.
Originally a third-round selection (90th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004, Pogge last played in North America with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League during the 2011-12 season.
Pogge made seven appearances with the Leafs during the 2008-09 season posting a 1-4-1 record.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned center Oskar Sundqvist to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Sundqvist, who had two goals and an assist in five preseason games with Pittsburgh, was one of the final cuts in the fall.
The 21-year-old had nine goals and 19 points in 41 games with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League.
Sundqvist was the Penguins third-round selection (81st overall) in 2012.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins currently hold a 2-0 series lead against the Syracuse Crunch in their best-of-five first round series.
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The Swedish bridge to the NHL apparently extends from Skelleftea.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they’ve signed 2012 third-round pick forward Oskar Sundqvist to his three-year entry-level contract. The Pens had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to sign Sundqvist or they would’ve relinquished his rights.
Sundqvist, 20, has played for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League the past two seasons. In 65 games over that time, he had seven goals and 10 assists. The Predators and Sharks have each signed players this week who were teammates with Sundqvist in Sweden.
At 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds he has NHL size, but how he adjusts to the smaller rink in North America and the style of game here will be his next challenges.