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Final Grade: T.J. Galiardi

This report card is a joint effort by Beachie, Sandie, Paul, SlamDunktheFunk and DDC. Stats courtesy of and


Final Grade




Final Grade: D+

Midseason Grade: B

Last Year: A


  • LW 26gp 6g 6a 12pt -4
  • C 7gp 1g 1a 2pt -2
  • RW 2gp 0g 1a 1pt Even


  • 1st 14gp 3g 3a 6pt +2
  • 2nd 9gp 4g 2a 6pt -1
  • 4th 8gp 0g 2a 2pt -7
  • 3rd 4gp 0g 1a 1pt Even

Vitals: 6'2" / 190 / Age 23 / Shoots L

Drafted by Colorado, 2nd round (55th) of 2007 draft

Joined Avalanche: Debuted on March 19th, 2009 against Edmonton (an 8-1 loss)

MHH Nicknames: Galardicus



  • Porter 3gp 1g 1a 2pt +1
  • Winnik 2gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
  • Jones 1gp 0g 1a 1pt Even
  • McLeod 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -2
  • Stoa 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • Yip 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even


  • Stastny 20gp 6g 4a 10pt Even
  • O'Reilly 4gp 0g 1a 1pt Even
  • Dupuis 3gp 0g 2a 2pt -4
  • Duchene 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even


  • Stewart 14gp 4g 3a 7pt +3
  • Jones 4gp 2g 0a 0pt -2
  • Winnik 4gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
  • Koci 3gp 0g 0a 0pt -3
  • Mauldin 3gp 0g 3a 3pt -2
  • Yip 2gp 1g 1a 2pt +1
  • Fleischmann 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • Hejduk 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
  • Olver 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -1


Avs with Galiardi in the lineup: 14-18-3 (.442 pt%) 2.75 GF 3.43 GA

Ice Time:

  • TTOI 16:11 (9th)
  • EV 13:33 (8th)
  • PK 1:54 (4th)
  • PP 0:44 (12th)


Career Highlights: Galiardi passed Keith Jones for 44th place on the Avs' all-time scoring list (58 points)

Report: Sigh. I don't even know where to go with this one. Gali is one of my favorite players on this team when he's going right but last season those moments were few and far between. One of our best penalty killers his rookie season, Galiardi often looked dazed and confused when down a man and he certainly played his role in helping us to the bottom of the special teams barrel in his abbreviated campaign. Despite resuming his role on the first line with SoS and Stewie, Galiardi's offense seemed to escape him. I'm not sure what else to say about him as injuries and lackluster play combined for a lost season and a significant step back in his development. Speculation that Galiardi took his rookie season success a bit for granted would certainly help explain why the fire that made him such an intriguing prospect was suddenly missing from his game. Here's to hoping Gali gets his head back on straight and comes out firing on all cylinders next season as his development arc is going to be one of the key story lines of next season.

Fun Fact: T.J. is a junior. His father, Terry, is a Flames' fan.

The T.J. Galiardi Drinking Game: Drink every time someone brings up the Curse of #39, causing the Trailor picture to be posted.  Drunk potential: Steadily rising.

What We Said Last YearI think he lacks the finishing ability to be a true top six forward but this was his rookie season, so he is hopefully only going to get better. Defensively he was great, logging a ton of shorthanded time and topping the plus/minus list for the Avs. He was a beast in the playoffs, energizing the team, becoming a bit of a pest and earning much adulation from us fans.

2010 Cap Hit: $875,000

2011 Status: RFA ($605,000 QO)

Outlook for Next Season: Galiardi only played in 35 games last year, but in that limited time it did look like he took a bit of a step backward. He's not the biggest player (although, officially, Stoa and Koci are the only forwards on the Avs taller than him), but he has speed, skill and loves to hit. It should make him a very dangerous, dynamic player, but it hasn't really come together yet. We still have a total crush on him for his playoff performance two years ago and we hope that playoff T.J. will show up more in the regular season...starting, like, now. It's tough to make a guess on his salary next year. Wait, how about <finger to the lips>one MILLION dollars. <evil laugh>

Next Up: Mark Olver