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.
Getting waived is becoming old hat for T.J. Galiardi.
On Thursday, the Jets placed the 26-year-old forward on the wire for the second time this season, a move that coincided with activating defenseman Mark Stuart off IR.
Galiardi — who’s never met the promise shown during his 15-goal, 39-point rookie campaign — was first waived by the Jets back in November, with no takers. Since then he’s played sporadically and has just one goal in 26 games this season, averaging 10:45 TOI per night.
Should he pass through waivers again, it’s possible he’ll be off to Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate in St. John’s.
Evander Kane will make his return to the Winnipeg lineup Saturday when the Jets’ play host to the Anaheim Ducks.
Kane was suspended two games for his hit on Ducks’ defenseman Clayton Stoner Sunday.
The 23-year-old was asked about his two game suspension following the team’s morning skate Saturday.
“It is what it is. Obviously there are some different opinions. It’s over now,” said Kane.
As for possible retribution, Kane said, “I guess we’ll see”.
With Kane returning, T.J. Galiardi is expected to be the odd man out.
Kane has four goals and 10 points in 20 games this season.
The Winnipeg Jets put journeyman forward T.J. Galiardi on waivers Tuesday.
Galiardi, 26, has no points through 17 games this year while averaging 10:29 TOI per night.
The former WHL Calgary standout has fallen on tough times since a banner rookie campaign — he finished 11th in Calder voting in ’09-10 after scoring 15 goals and 39 points — and has bounced around organizations recently, playing for four different teams over the last four years.
Galiardi carries a $700,000 cap hit and could get picked up by a team looking to improve its penalty kill (he averages 2:37 shorthanded minutes per game).
If not, he’ll likely be off to Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate in St. John’s.
The Winnipeg Jets have seen a pair of forwards go down to eye injuries this preseason — T.J. Galiardi and Patrice Cormier — but this week, the club breathed a sigh of relief on both fronts.
On Tuesday, head coach Paul Maurice said Cormier suffered no damage after taking a high stick during a 3-1 loss to Edmonton last night, news that came a day after Galiardi spoke for the first time since undergoing surgery for a torn retina.
From the Winnipeg Free Press:
Galiardi was clipped during practice last Friday and immediately left the ice with a nasty gash. A day later he was having it repaired by a specialist after suffering a cut on the eyeball, a torn sphincter (yes, the eyeball also has a sphincter) in the same area and a torn retina.
“I was pretty scared right away,” said Galiardi Monday, prior to the Jets leaving for Edmonton for their fourth of seven pre-season games. “I’ve never had anything with my eye. I quickly went and saw our team eye doctor and he sent me to a specialist. And then I had to have laser surgery on my retina.
“I feel good right now, actually, so it’s been a pretty quick turnaround.”
Galiardi, signed as a free agent this summer, is waiting for medical clearance to return to the ice. Cormier is listed as day-to-day.