Rylan Galiardi has made a good first impression. What he hopes to do now is make a lasting impression.
Galiardi played his third game with the Idaho Steelheads on Saturday night, a 4-3 shootout win over the Utah Grizzlies at CenturyLink Arena.
Galiardi had an assist on Austin Smith's game-tying goal in the third period, but it was the previous night when Galiardi really showed what kind of impact he can make for the Steelheads as he tallied a goal and three assists.
"I thought he was the best player on the ice," Idaho coach Brad Ralph said of Galiardi's play in Friday's 6-0 win over Utah. "He set the tone right out of the gates with a big hit. He's playing the game the right way."
He's also playing in his third ECHL uniform this season. Galiardi started with Gwinnett, but was dealt to San Francisco in mid-January. A month later he was acquired by Idaho as the Dallas Stars traded the rights to Tristan King to San Francisco. He had 11 goals and 10 assists in 39 games with Gwinnett, and one goal and three assists in five games with San Francisco.
"I was on a good, winning team at the start of the season, and I thought I had a good thing going," said Galiardi, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward. "But I got moved out of (Gwinnett) for a couple of good players. I went to San Francisco, and it just didn't seem to work out there."
Meanwhile, Ralph was interested in Galiardi, but also a little bit leery.
"We were obviously concerned, because this is his third team this year," Ralph said. "We did our due diligence and talked to, I don't know, 10 people. Everything checked out.
"And we knew he went to the net hard, we knew he had leadership qualities, he was smart and defensively aware."
So the trade was made, and Galiardi has a new home, yet again.
"I'm just happy with where I am now, and this is the path that I'm supposed to be on," said Galiardi, who won the Kelly Cup with Florida last season. "There's no place I'd rather be."
His wife, Ashley, agrees with that sentiment.
"She is sick of traveling," Galiardi said. "She's ready to have a home, so hopefully we're here for a long time."
NOTES: The Steelheads came into Saturday's shootout 0-for-24 in their previous shootout attempts. They went 3-for-4 to secure the win. Ben Ondrus, Austin Smith and Tyler Gron scored shootout goals as Tyler Beskorowany turned away three Utah shooters. Idaho is 2-6 in shootouts. Ian Watters and Jeremie Blain scored Idaho's other goals in regulation. Saturday's game marked the 13th and final meeting between Idaho and Utah during the regular season. The Steelheads went 7-4-2 in those contests.