Mark Giordano D CGY 2 days ago

Giordano -- who suffered a torn biceps muscle on Feb. 25 -- is progressing, but there is no timetable for his return to action.

Giordano has been able to hit the ice with his teammates and handle the puck some of late, but at this stage, per coach Bob Hartley, the Flames' captain "is not close" to a return. Calgary currently holds a 3-1 lead over Vancouver in the team's opening-round playoff series.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 weeks ago

Giordano (biceps) skated on his own Monday, and hasn't ruled out a return later in the postseason, Flames play-by-play announcer Derek Willis reports.

Giordano remains a ways away from a return to the ice, but added hope of a return yet this season should the Flames advance further in the playoffs. He would need to be cleared by doctors before making that return, and admitted there's no guarantee that will happen, but the captain provided some fuel for the Flames on Monday with his comments. It's unclear how far the team would need to advance to acquire his services, but that will likely be played by ear moving forward.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

General manager Brad Treliving announced Monday that Giordano will require surgery to repair a complete tendon tear of his biceps, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca reports.

The season-ending injury is nearly as damaging to the Flames as Patrick Kane's loss is for the Blackhawks. With 48 points in 61 games, Giordano was considered a frontrunner for the Norris Trophy, and has been the MVP of a Flames squad that surprisingly finds itself in playoff contention this late in the season. The outstanding two-way play Giordano brings to the ice is in no way replaceable, so it's not terribly surprising the Flames weren't more active in acquiring blue line help at the deadline. Giordano is expected to require 4-to-5 months to recover from the injury, putting on track to be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

Giordano (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports.

Giordano's injury dates back to Feb. 25, but his placement on injured reserve means he will miss Tuesday's contest in Philadelphia. The move will open up a roster spot, but it seems as though Giordano isn't far off from returning. His next chance will come Thursday against the Bruins.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

Giordano (upper body) is officially being listed as a scratch for Friday's game against the Islanders, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Giordano made a spirited effort to try and play Friday, but it was clear based on his activity in the pregame warmups that he was running at less than 100 percent. Rather than risk worsening the injury, the Flames will send their star blueliner to the press box, marking the first game that he'll have missed this season. Giordano's next crack at playing will come next Tuesday against the Flyers. Corey Potter replaces him in Friday's lineup.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

Though he was on the ice for pregame warmups, it appears unlikely Giordano (upper body) will play Friday against the Islanders, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports.

Giordano's presence at warmups was quite the surprise after the Flames had ruled him out for the game earlier in the day, but any hope that he might play seemed to be extinguished when he failed to skate as part of a regular pairing. The blueliner didn't seem to have his usual zip while shooting the puck, so it looks like the Flames will play it safe and send him to the press box for this one. Official confirmation on his being scratched should become available minutes prior to the 6:00 ET puck drop, but those in daily leagues that planned on using him should start looking at other options quickly.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

Giordano (upper body) is on the ice for pregame warmups and could enter the lineup Friday against the Islanders, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.

This is quite the development, as the Flames had ruled Giordano out for the evening just hours earlier. Apparently, Giordano felt healthy enough during his off-ice workout to campaign for his entry into the lineup, but coach Bob Hartley and the team's medical staff will assess his condition during warmups before rendering a verdict in his decision. Given that Giordano has been the top producing fantasy blueliner this season, his owners will surely want to keep tabs of his situation leading up to the puck drop.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

Giordano (upper body) did an off-ice workout Friday without any indications of a severe arm injury, Roger Millions of Sportsnet Calgary reports.

Giordano has already been ruled out For Friday, but the issue doesn't appear to be serious. Corey Potter may draw into the lineup Friday, but Giordano seems a strong possibility for the team's next contest Tuesday against the Flyers.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

Giordano (undisclosed) will not play in Friday's game against the Islanders, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.

Giordano hasn't been ruled out beyond Friday, and his absence may allow Corey Potter to join the lineup for the first time all season. Calgary's next game is scheduled for Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Mark Giordano D CGY 2 months ago

The Flames did not update the status of Giordano (undisclosed injury) Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.

Per the report, Giordano is still being evaluated and the Flames will likely recall a blueliner in advance of Friday's game against the Islanders.