Galiardi makes favourable impression

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THERE'S work to be done, more to prove. But T.J. Galiardi's first game as a Winnipeg Jet came pretty much just as advertised.

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THERE’S work to be done, more to prove. But T.J. Galiardi’s first game as a Winnipeg Jet came pretty much just as advertised.

The 26-year-old vet, a man with 283 NHL games under his belt with Colorado, San Jose and Calgary, scored once in Wednesday’s 3-2 pre-season loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Taking a feed from Will O’Neill, Galiardi beat Laurent Brossoit on a breakaway for the Jets’ first goal.

But his game also featured some of the savvy veteran plays that come with experience — the kind of handiwork that can have less peaks and valleys of some of the young prospects who are chasing the same goal.

“I guess I’m getting a little older now and I’m not the youngest guy on the team anymore,” said Galiardi. “You just want to show what you’ve learned over the years. For me, I’m not worrying about any one else but myself.”

Both Galiardi and Matt Halischuk scored for the Jets. Both are working on two-way contracts and trying to stay in the NHL.

Galiardi, who is with his fourth team in as many years, signed here during the summer as an unrestricted free agent because the Jets offered one thing:

“Opportunity, for sure,” he said. “It was the best opportunity of all the teams I was talking to. They showed the most interest and everyone can see there’s a couple spots up front ready for guys to take. I just want to prove I can play a top-nine role.”

And when Galiardi is on his game, the scouting report — from the man himself — would read like this:

“I’m moving my feet all the time, making plays, showing good poise with the puck and playing physical. I play a smart game and give the coaches a guy they can rely on.

“This was something to build off. I think we’ve got four or five more exhibition games here (for himself) to get used to the systems and get rolling from there.”

With every day he feels more comfortable in Jets colours, in a new town and a new dressing room — all things he’s become accustomed to over the past few years.

“It’s different every time,” said Galiardi of changing teams. “It depends on how many guys you know and what your role is on the team.”

ON THE MOVE: The Jets trimmed their camp numbers on Wednesday, re-assigning six players to their junior clubs: Axel Blomqvist (Victoria), Eric Comrie (Tri-City), Chase De Leo (Portland), Jan Kostalek (Rimouski), Jimmy Lodge (Saginaw) and Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon). All but Blomqvist, who was signed as a free agent, are Jet draft picks.

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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