USATSI_8401107_154158418_lowresThe Calgary Flames have signed defenceman Mark Giordano to a six year contract extension worth a reported $40.5 million, which amounts to average annual value of $6.75 million.

Giordano is coming off what could’ve been a career year had injuries not cut things short toward the end of February. He was leading all NHL defencemen with 48 points prior to sustaining a torn biceps tendon on February 25. Giordano had surgery on the injury and confirmed that he would be ready for training camp when it commences next month.

“He’s doing really good,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “By the time he left here in the spring, he was not fully healthy, but he’s been fully training for majority of the summer. He’s skating and shooting. We were talking the other day and he said, ‘I don’t even think about the injury anymore.’ He’s in full mode of getting ready, so, that’s Mark. He’s eager to get back here and eager to get going for real.”

Giordano has spent his entire NHL career thus far with the Flames. He was made team captain in 2013 and since found another level to his game, emerging as one of the league’s elite blueliners. When he turns 32 in October of this year, he’ll be entering the final season of his current five year deal and will pack a cap charge of $4.02 million.

The extension ensures that Giordano, along with core defenders like TJ Brodie and the newly acquired Dougie Hamilton, are locked in through at least the 2019-2020 season. As mentioned in our season preview, the Flames boast one of the most balanced groups in the NHL in terms of defence.

Calgary activated that defence a lot in 2014-2015, especially when Giordano led the charge. He was on fire out of the gate, producing 18 points in his first 16 games and leading all Flames in scoring for a while. Coach Bob Hartley excelled at having his players take chances, too, which led to the blueliners pushing the puck up ice.

“We know what he [Giordano] can do on the ice,” Treliving said. “For those who are around our team, we know what he does the other 22 hours a day. He’s a leader in every sense of this organization.”

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