The Calgary Flames have dodged a huge bullet. Mark Giordano, who awkwardly fell earlier this week when attempting a one-timer and suffered a lower-body injury, will not need surgery. The veteran defenseman has still been placed on injured reserve and is listed as “week-to-week” according to Jermain Franklin of TSN. Since it is not clear how long Giordano will be out, Brandon Davidson has been recalled from the minor leagues.
The reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman, Giordano wasn’t lighting up the scoresheet quite as often this season but was still a rock for the Flames every night. The 36-year old is the team’s unquestioned leader and was averaging more than 24 minutes a night until he was forced from Tuesday’s game early. His 27 points (while a far reach from the 74 he recorded in 2018-19) still lead the Calgary defense corps through 54 games and he was one of the few players with a positive +/- rating.
No matter how you slice it, losing Giordano is a huge blow to the Flames for the next few weeks. There had been various rumors emerge throughout the season about the availability of T.J. Brodie and Travis Hamonic, but those may quiet down as they deal with this loss.