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‘Pisses me off’: Galiardi peeved at Calgary’s last-place projections

Sep 12, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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One of the newest Calgary Flames isn’t happy with pundits picking his team to finish in the basement this season.

“It kinda pisses me off when I hear people say all these negative things, ‘Oh yeah, have fun finishing last,’ stuff like that, even from people from Calgary,” TJ Galiardi told the Calgary Sun. “People like that should just not bother talking.”

The 25-year-old winger, acquired from San Jose in July, is one of the new faces on a team that finished 25th in the league last season.

Other new faces include David Jones and Shane O’Brien (Galiardi’s former Colorado teammates), ex-Blues defenseman Kris Russell, a slew of rookies and a pair of goalies (Reto Berra, Karri Ramo) looking to replace recently-retired Miikka Kiprusoff.

The point is the Flames will be decidedly different from last year.

As such, Galiardi sees no reason to have low expectations.

“I don’t really care what the media says about where we’re going to finish and stuff like that. I don’t want to go out there and lose games,” Galiardi added. “I didn’t come here to do that, and I’m going to personally do everything I can to make sure we don’t.

“And I know there are 20-plus guys that are going to do the same thing.”

  1. kingsforever - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    This will be funny to look back on when they finish last in the new Pacific Division

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I wish we kept Glaiardi in SJ, we could use with a bit of depth

  2. bleedingteal4life - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Haha enjoy last place, flame on.

  3. andidee15 - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I’m an Avs fan, but Gali, Jones, and SOB were all major disappointments that my team felt they needed to get rid of order to move forward. Somehow, reuniting them in Calgary doesn’t exactly seem like a recipe for success.

  4. lowenni - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Gotta give him credit for at least being positive and talking back to the naysayers. Will the Flames finish last? Probably. But at least Gali’s got a good attitude in it and is trying to focus on the potentially good things that could happen in the future. Seems like a real good guy.

  5. vanindeed - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Be prepared to be pissed off for awhile

  6. nananatman - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Like that attitude, I’d like to stop chanting 89-89-89 too!

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