Sharks looking to trade TJ Galiardi?

When the Sharks acquired Tyler Kennedy from the Penguins before the draft on Sunday, it seemed as if they were rightfully reinforcing their depth at forward.

So much for that.

It’s now likely Kennedy is going to be a (more expensive) replacement for T.J. Galiardi, who, Kevin Kurz reports is now being shopped around by the Sharks for a trade.

Galiardi, 25, is about to become a restricted free agent later this week, and the Sharks can’t afford to keep both wingers. We touched on this on Sunday and assumed the Sharks wanted to keep both players and would make the numbers work by moving another player and his salary. But now it seems as if Kennedy, 27 in two weeks, will be getting the nod over the incumbent. Granted, Kennedy himself is also a restricted free agent, though it seems likely he’ll reach a deal with the team.

Both Kennedy (six goals, five assists) and Galiardi (five goals, nine assists) put up similar numbers in the truncated season this year, but Galiardi comes with the cheaper price tag. He made a pro-rated $950,000 last season while Kennedy made $2 million.

Galiardi came to the Sharks with Daniel Winnik in the Jamie McGinn trade in 2012. Winnik moved on to great success with the Ducks this season, while Galiardi remained in San Jose. After a slow start to his Sharks tenure, Galiardi continued to grow and eventually found himself paired on the top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns by the end of this season. He was beginning to show signs of a promising future ahead. And now it seems the Sharks aren’t willing to be a part of that future. Which means he’ll probably tear it up with his new team, as has been the case with other former Sharks.

But perhaps just as important as anything else: Who’s going to antagonize Jonathan Quick now? Vital question.

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