WINNIPEG – TJ Galiardi has had a whirlwind few weeks.
The 26-year-old is only 10 days removed from being placed on waivers, clearing, and then being assigned to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Galiardi made the trek from Philadelphia to Albany, New York, before being recalled within hours after the news broke of an injury to Matt Halischuk.
And with that, a second chance.
“In order to fill that (third or fourth line) role – and Halishchuk is another player that’s in that category – you have to do everything right,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “You can’t be a guy that we’ve got to try and motivate to work hard and keep happy. He does it right. He prepares hard, works hard, studies the video and does everything he has to do to be ready so you can keep putting him in the lineup.
“Those guys appreciate their role. They accept it and they appreciate it. They know how important it is for our team.”
Galiardi has one goal, 26 shots, 32 hits and an average ice time of 10:17 this season.
“He’s been very consistent,” Maurice said. “He came (into the season) ready and with a real good understanding of what was available. He had a good opportunity to play a little more early in the year and then we got healthy and his role changed. He’s been maintenance free, right from Day 1 and that’s a big part of that job.
“He’s been a good all-around pro for us.”
— Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com