The Calgary Flames acquired the Calgary native from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and signed him to a one year, $1.25 million contract.
"Wow! My lifelong dream has come true!!" the 25-year-old forward said via his Twitter account after the deal and signing were announced. Galiardi also played his junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
Galiardi, 25, had five goals and nine assists in 36 games with the Sharks in 2012-13. He would have become a restricted free agent if he didn't sign a new contract by July. He has 39 goals and 87 points in 221 NHL games in five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final