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T.J. Galiardi is heading to Germany

TJ Galiardi

Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings hooks T.J. Galiardi #37 of the San Jose Sharks in the third period during the NHL game at Staples Center on April 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Sharks defeated the Kings 6-5 in shootout overtime. (April 4, 2012 - Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America)

T.J. Galiardi has signed with the Bietigheim Steelers, according to the team’s website. Bietigheim is playing for 2nd Bundesliga, which is the second highest level of ice hockey in Germany.

Galiardi is coming off a season where he had nine goals and 15 points in 69 games with the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. He was also part of a postseason controversy after St. Louis’ Andy McDonald said Galiardi elbowed him so hard in the head that McDonald’s helmet cracked.

He signed a one-year, $950,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks in July after earning $700,000 last season.

Galiardi was originally taken by the Avalanche in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and he’s recorded 73 points in 185 career NHL games.