USATSI_8401023_154158418_lowresWith all the dust settled from the trades and yours truly having finally managed a nap, it stands to reason that the biggest news of the day would erupt out of Calgary.

Flames captain Mark Giordano will require surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon and is done for the season. The recovery time is slated for four to five months.

“He looked at every avenue to not go through with that procedure and see if he can keep playing and see if there’s a time where it settles down over time. But we’re not going to risk anything with him. There is no opportunity for him to play. This is the only measure that’s left,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “Obviously that’s not the news we wanted to hear, but that’s what will happen.”

Ouch.

Giordano was injured on February 25 after “engaging” with New Jersey’s Steve Bernier.

The injury sent the Flames for the open market on trade deadline day, but nothing materialized.

“It made us more urgent to try and get [a trade] done,” Treliving said. “You don’t replace Mark Giordano…I think the urgency to do something, you have to match that with the calmness of not overreacting and all of a sudden doing something that you are making a big mistake. Because to think that Mark’s leaving our lineup and we are going to go out and replace him today is … that’s fool’s gold.”

Giordano, at the time of his injury, found himself tied for the lead among NHL defenceman with 48 points. He had 11 goals and was averaging over 25 minutes of ice time per game, so no you can’t just replace a Mark Giordano.

Prior to the announcement of the injury and surgery, Giordano was actually attempting to play through the injury. But when it came down to it, he just couldn’t push it anymore and the complete tear of his biceps was discovered in full.

It’s hard to imagine worse news for the Flames. They’ve lost six of their last 10 and are holding fast to a playoff spot, so every game counts. Giordano is their best player and he was a favourite in the Norris Trophy sweepstakes, so this doubly stings.

Right now, it’s up to the Flames to keep hope alive – even if the news couldn’t be worse.

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