How TJ Brodie made Mark Giordano one of the best defencemen in the NHL

arii
February 20 2015 09:00AM


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Everybody loves Mark Giordano - or at least, they should. The guy has all the makings of a great story: nice, humble guy who was never drafted, only to unanimously be chosen to follow up Jarome Iginla as team captain, become an All-Star, and be on the verge of winning the Norris Trophy. 

And that last one would be a pretty big deal. Only question is, just how did he get to that point?

Something changed at the start of the 2013-14 season. First, he was named captain, which probably gave him a new surge of confidence. And second, he got a new defence partner: a 23-year-old former fourth round pick by the name of TJ Brodie.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 20 2015 06:30AM

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The Canucks won't part with future at deadline, Oilers find silver lining, Florida likes Kessel, the Jets and Flames go rental shopping, Fantasy, Fights and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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McKenzie: Sam Bennett 'most likely' will return to Kingston; final decision coming this week

Thomas Drance
February 19 2015 06:55PM

The Calgary Flames have no shortage of options when it comes to top-prospect Sam Bennett.

Bennett, 18, was Calgary's first-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and he's only recently been cleared for contact following labrum surgery in mid-October. While the skilled pivot lost nearly a full season of development time as a result of his ailment, he'll at least get to play some high-level competitive hockey this spring. 

What's unclear is whether or not he'll be competing in the NHL, the AHL, or the OHL. The decision will reportedly be made this week, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, and the most likely outcome is that Bennett will be returned to the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs.

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Update: Glencross Has Asked For Trade, Says Report

Ryan Pike
February 19 2015 01:59PM

While the rumour mill has been working overtime in recent weeks regarding the impending fate of Calgary Flames alternate captain Curtis Glencross, the comments from the left winger did nothing but throw fuel on the fire this afternoon.

Here's a brief rundown of his comments regarding his future and the NHL's upcoming trade deadline.

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Flames Trade Targets 2014-15: Depth Forwards

Kent Wilson
February 19 2015 01:00PM

So far we've investigated at the Flames primary trade priorities (defenders) and their expendable trade assets. With just a couple weeks until the trade deadline, it's time to take a look at some of the forwards who could be available to help the Flames in their drive for the playoffs.

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