Wednesday, September 18, 2013

TJ Galiardi Adjusting Nicely to New Position

Here's a link to my story after Calgary's 5-3 victory on Tuesday over the New York Islanders at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

CALGARY - When the buzzword "opportunity" is thrown around at an NHL training camp, it usually applies to rookies trying to crack the big team's roster.

But for the Calgary Flames it also applies to a guy like six-year NHL veteran TJ Galiardi, who is looking to take his career to another level at a new position.

The Calgary native was... Read the entire story.

Supplemental Quotes

Other related comments that didn't make it into my story from Galiardi, Jacques Cloutier and Dennis Wideman.

TJ Galiardi, Flames Centre

On the chemistry on his line, playing with Lee Stempniak and Curtis Glencross:

"We only had one practice together so it takes a little bit of time to get some chemistry. The first period, we were a little sloppy but we got into it. Those guys are top class players and are fun to play with."

"(Speed, skating) It's part of my game, I want to always be moving. When I'm not, I get into trouble. When I get my feet moving, I can create for my linemates I'm out there with. It's only going to get better and better with more time playing with the same guys."

"I felt pretty good. I had a good summer. That's something I wanted to work on for sure. That last couple years, I feel like I could have had 10 more goals each year if I just bared down a little. There was even another chance early in the game that I probably should have scored. Those are things you learn from watching guys that are very consistent scorers."

On putting on a Flames jersey, the team he grew up cheering for:

"It's amazing, I dreamt about it when I was a kid. IT's true. It might give me a little extra boost this year. We're going to surprise people if we play the way we can."

Dennis Wideman, Flames Defenceman

On Galiardi's play so far:

"I've been very impressed with the way TJ has played. He hasn't played centre for four or five years. He's played two games now and I think he's adjusting nicely. That's not an easy thing to do, to go from the wing to centre in the NHL, pre-season or not. I think he's done really well."

On the adjustments that come with switching to centre:

"For him, it's jumping into pockets on breakouts, finding the timing, and knowing where his outs are and if he gets in trouble or under pressure, where his play is. When you're on the wing, you chip it off the glass when you get pressure. When you're a centre, you have to find someone or find a place to chip it."

Jacques Cloutier, Flames Assistant Coach

On the added flexibility of having Galiardi re-learn centre:

"If we decide to put him back on the left side, he'll have no problem. If he kills penalties, it's important that he's able to take face-offs too. Now you can put him on the ice. That's why I think all the work he's put in last year and this summer too, he came in in great condition, it's a fresh start. He's really excited coming back to the rink. He's from here, he played for the Hitmen, and coming back into this building is very familiar for him."

On the character he brings to the team:

"The addition we did this year with TJ and (Shane) O'Brien. We brought in some solid guys. We had a really good mixture but those guys bring life and it's so important. Not everybody is a big chatter but O'Brien, Galiardi, Glennie, Jackman and all those guys. Now the ball is rolling, now you have more excitement. You can never have enough of those guys."

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