Sharks general manager Doug Wilson decided early in the offseason that forward TJ Galiardi would not be a part of his team moving forward.

It’s clear now that the Sharks had rookie Tomas Hertl penciled into their top nine. A draft day trade brought Tyler Kennedy to town and Raffi Torres before getting hurt signed a three-year contract extension in the offseason. There was simply no room for Galiardi a restricted free agent at the time.

Rather than simply trade Galiardi away though and then call him to let him know where he’d be headed Wilson worked with the 25-year-old to move him somewhere preferable. When one of the interested parties was Calgary where Galiardi grew up he quickly agreed to go there in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2015.

“After talking to Doug Wilson I think it was the best for both parties. … He was great and I can’t thank him enough for giving me the opportunity to pick where to go” Galiardi said on Saturday morning at SAP Center. “He worked with the Flames to get me there and I’ll always be grateful for that.”

After the Sharks acquired Galiardi at the 2012 trade deadline it took nearly a full year for him to find a steady place in the active lineup. In 50 career games with the Sharks Galiardi had just six goals and nine assists for 15 points. But late last season he was part of a rejuvenated offensive attack after a series of moves in late March and early April and was generally effective on line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns.

In his first six games with the Flames Galiardi has a goal and two assists while playing on the third line wing.