T. J. Galiardi Signs in River City

The Winnipeg Jets have signed forward T. J. Galiardi to a one year, two-way contract –

Position:  LW    Shoots:  Left
Born:  Apr. 22, 1988   Born:  Calgary, AB
Height:  6’2  Weight:  190 
Drafted:  2007  Team:  Colorado Avalanche   Round: 2    Overall:  55

2013-14 Stats:  Games: 62  G: 4  A: 13  Pts: 17  PIM: 21  Plus/Minus: -13

The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with forward T. J. Galiardi on a one-year, two way contract.  His 2014-15 salary is reportedly worth $750,000 according to Capgeek.com.

NHL Totals:  Games: 283  G: 43  A: 61  Pts: 104  PIM: 134  Plus/Minus: -24

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Newest Jet T.J. Galiardi

 

Pluses and Minuses of the T. J. Galiardi Signing:

Plus 1:  It looks like the Winnipeg Jets realize their bottom six forwards need an upgrade.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that Galiardi is the answer but at least it will create some competition in training camp.

Plus 2:  Based on his past performance it wouldn’t be a stretch to say he’d be one of Winnipeg’s better forth line players.  In my opinion he is already better than some of our incumbents.

Plus 3:  He’s big, he can skate, he competes, he’s shown a bit of a scoring touch in his past and he’s still young at 26.

Plus 4:  He’s on a cheap one year, two way contract.

Minus 1:  His inability to build off his promising 2009-10 season. 

Minus 2:  His lack of consistency was a problem that saw him in and out of the Calgary line-up at times last season.  This is probably due in part to the potential he shows and then “maybe” leaves the coaching staff wanting more. 

Overall Opinion:

I like the signing even though it is of the minor variety.  Sometimes all a player needs is a change of scenery to kick start their career.  At 26 years old and being on a 2-way contract this deal is a no risk proposition.  

Best case scenario:

T. J. Galiardi takes advantage of his opportunity and pushes out one of our under-achieving incumbents. 

Worst case scenario:

He gets send down to the AHL and is injury insurance with NHL experience for the big club. 

No harm, no foul.

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Comments

  1. Mitch , who do u think he could challenge for a Job in the bigs ? I am of the feeling with this club the roster is set before training camp starts !!

  2. Mitch Kasprick says

    Based on who is signed on 1-way deals I tend to agree with you. Remember the piece I wrote “Jets have no roster space” a couple weeks ago? BUT T.J. is already a better player than Thorburn, Peluso, Halischuk and probably Tangradi … In my opinion.

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