The Calgary Flames will be without defenceman Mark Giordano for a while, but the situation could’ve been a lot worse.
General manager Brad Treliving addressed the media Thursday and confirmed that the Flames “dodged a bullet,” with Giordano out week-to-week with a right hamstring injury.
“The good news is this is not as long-term as we initially feared,” Treliving said. “No surgical procedure, nothing of that nature. We’ll get through the next week, his first week off, and then just monitor. Hopefully, he’s back sooner rather than later.”
Giordano suffered the injury in the second period of Calgary’s 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. He was attempting an off-balance one-timer when he fell to the ice awkwardly.
Giordano had been the proverbial iron man for the Flames. Prior to this injury, he hadn’t missed a game since a biceps tendon tear kept him out of action in February of 2015 and for the remainder of that season.
The timing isn’t great for the Flames, who find themselves in a fight for a playoff spot. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators, Calgary sits fifth in the Pacific Division with a 27-21-6 record. The division is tight, so every win counts at this point. The Flames are a point behind the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes and two behind the Edmonton Oilers.
“You’re never going to replace the Norris winner, our best player, our leader, hardest worker,” defenceman Travis Hamonic said. “When you go down the list, he’s at the top for everything. So, you’re never going to be able to replace a guy like that and I think everyone knows that, but at the same time, I think you have to keep pushing forward.”
There was minimal talk about replacing Giordano, especially with the trade deadline looming, and this bit of good news about the nature of his injury pretty much ensures the Flames won’t make any sudden moves.
In the meantime, Calgary recalled blueliner Brandon Davidson from the Stockton Heat.
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