Colorado Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater has reported that TJ Galiardi has been reassigned to the Lake Erie Monsters in return for winger Ryan Stoa.

While it may come as a shock to everyone, Galiardi’s reassignment was foreshadowed by a recent benching against the Minnesota Wild and some tough comments from his head coach. it would appear as if, despite a strong start after returning from his injury, Galiardi wasn’t performing the role he’d been tasked with. Being an agitator clearly became second nature during the playoffs last season, and it even earned him a spot on the top line on opening night and for much of the early season.

After returning from a broken wrist, Galiardi had shown some offensive flashes but hah largely failed to create havoc for opposing teams, much like Alex Burrows for the Vancouver Canucks or a Sean Avery but with talent and class.

When TJ skates and he uses his speed, the way he’s capable of, he’s a very effective player and he just needs to get back to skating and making sure that when he comes back in the lineup that he’s a little bit more difficult to play against. I remember back in that series against San Jose last year, he was very effective ’cause he was under the opponents skin and we just want to see a little bit more of that. – Joe Sacco after a recent win against the Wild.

Not one to muddle his messages, Avs head coach Joe Sacco responded to Galiardi by sending him back to the Monsters, despite his seven goals and six assists, as per Galiardi’s two way contract. The shock for most fans is that Kevin Porter or even Matt Hunwick have been overlooked despite slumps or overall subpar play.

Yet, of all of the players eligible to fill in, the mixed bag known as Ryan Stoa has been given a chance to again rise to the call of the NHL. If you’ve read our Monthly Journal you’d know that Stoa has largely been on the rise this season, after a surprising cut from the Avalanche roster at the beginning of this year.

Stoa has seemingly picked himself up off the floor, wiped the settling dust from his brow, and strived to achieve the Show once more. Which would seem to be what Sacco had planned all along, igniting the ambition of a young player toeing the line – see Chris Stewart. Stoa is second on the Monsters only to fellow Avalanche prospect Ben Walter in scoring and has 28 points (15g, 13a) and a welcoming plus four in 44 games this season. These numbers are even better when considering the Monsters are 20-19-3 on the year and have really struggled in recent weeks.

It would appear that both Porter and Hunwick have been performing up to their given standards as of late. Keep an eye on the development of Stoa but don’t be surprised if Galiardi works his way back into the lineup in a short period of time.

What do you think? Is this the right decision? Is Stoa ready yet? Did Galiardi deserve more time?