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Flames part ways with Galiardi, Byron

Jun 30, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

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Upon being acquired by his hometown Calgary Flames last July, T.J. Galiardi referred to the move as a “dream.”

Twelve months later…well, the situation is far less dreamy.

The Flames didn’t make Galiardi a qualifying offer on Monday, essentially ending his stint in Calgary after just one year on the job. Calgary also parted ways with center and fellow RFA Paul Byron, who posted a career-high 21 points in 47 games last year.

Galiardi, though, is by far the biggest name and one of the most experienced RFAs not to earn a qualifying offer. While he’s somewhat removed from his banner 2009-10 campaign — in his first full NHL season, Galiardi posted 15 goals and 39 points in 70 games for Colorado — the former WHL Calgary standout has 283 regular season and 20 playoff games on his resume, and over 100 career points.

Galiardi did make $1.25 million last season, though, and wasn’t a favorite of head coach Bob Hartley, often sitting as a healthy scratch. So it’s not really surprising Calgary opted to go in a different direction.

As for Byron, the 25-year-old never found a fit in Calgary, splitting most of the last three seasons between the big club and AHL Abbotsford. One of the smallest players in the NHL — 5-foot-7, 153 pounds — Byron will have a chance to catch on somewhere else tomorrow, when he becomes a UFA.

Other Flames not receiving qualifying offers today included David Eddy, James Martin, and Olivier Roy.

  1. jernster21 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Welp, that outta finish up Galiardi’s NHL career. And people thought I was crazy when I said he was couple bad years away from playing in the AHL or over seas after the Avs sent him packing. The sad thing is that he does have talent, but he’s way too nice of a guy it seems like…there’s really no passion/grit to this guy – unfortunately he ran out of chances to play a top 6 role and he was awful at being in bottom 6.

  2. multiplemiggs - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    ;-) Just here to wish you all a Happy Pride Day! 8====D

  3. multiplemiggs - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    ;-) Just here to wish you all a Happy Pride Day! 8====D

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