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Flames send TJ Galiardi, Paul Byron packing

Neither TJ Galiardi (top) nor Paul Byron (bottom) received qualifying offers from the Flames....

Neither TJ Galiardi (top) nor Paul Byron (bottom) received qualifying offers from the Flames. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

CALGARY - It started as a "dream come true," but TJ Galiardi's homecoming didn't unfold the way he'd envisioned it.

The 26-year-old forward is now officially a former member of the Calgary Flames, one of a handful of restricted free agents not tendered a qualifying offer prior to Monday's deadline.

Galiardi, who was a healthy scratch a dozen times in his only season with the NHL club he grew up rooting for, now becomes an unrestricted free agent.

"I can't say that I am entirely surprised. Things didn't work out the way both sides had wanted them to this year, so it was time to move on," Galiardi said via text.

"To be honest, even if it had been my choice to return to Calgary, I wouldn't have gone back. Sometimes you have the best intentions and the highest hopes, but things just aren't meant to be. I'll always be grateful that I was able to achieve my lifelong goal of playing as a Flame and I wish them the best of luck in the future."


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