The trade comes just two days after the Sharks acquired Tyler Kennedy from the Pittsburgh Penguins, which allowed them to shop Galiardi around.
In 36 games last season, Galiardi scored five goals and recorded nine assists. He played on the first line alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns near the end of the season and during the playoffs, and looked to be coming into his own in San Jose.
Galiardi came to San Jose in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche last year, when the Sharks shipped Jamie McGinn and prospect Michael Sgarbossa for Galiardi and Daniel Winnik.
We can now say that the aforementioned trade was a complete disaster for GM Doug Wilson. Winnik left after the end of last season, and Galiardi is now gone. Meanwhile, McGinn is flourishing with the Avalanche and Sgarbossa was called up for six games last season after performing well in the minors.
After hearing that he would be playing in his hometown, Galiardi tweeted, “Wow! My lifelong dream has come true!”
He also said, “I want to sincerely thank the Sharks and Doug Wilson for working with me throughout this process. I loved my teammates and San Jose!”