Mark Giordano May Be Hurt, Being Re-Evaluated Tomorrow

Potentially terrible news, everybody!

As mentioned in the tail end of the post-gamer earlier tonight, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano left tonight’s game with an injury. He didn’t return. Granted, he took a tumble while tangled up with Steve Bernier (on a play that led to an empty-net goal) with 40 seconds remaining in the game, and there wouldn’t be much of a point to him returning in that situation anyway.

Basically, Bernier appears to get his stick caught between Giordano’s legs as Giordano turns to play the puck. Giordano goes down awkwardly, seemingly – based on the limited angles of video we have access to – create some difficulty with Giordano’s left leg on the way down. We think. Giordano left the ice under his own power and went straight to the locker room.

Let me just underscore this: THERE IS NOTHING DEFINITIVE. Giordano will be re-evaluated tomorrow per the team. Also, I am in Calgary, so all I know is what I see on Twitter or on TV. For your benefit, I’ve collected a bit of both. The Tweets are all from individuals who are, to my knowledge, at the arena tonight.

The Flames are scheduled to practice tomorrow on Long Island at around 2pm ET, so we’ll know more then.


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Best angle of Bernier’s stick between Giordano’s legs

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Odd angle/resolution, looks like his left leg is tucked under him

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Same time, different (opposite angle). Seems like left leg is under him.

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Slightly after above shot, leg is no longer under, now splayed out like other leg, Giordano twisting as he falls.

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Only angle available of Giordano after play has gone up the ice. Appears to be holding left leg.


  • MattyFranchise

    There is no bright side to a Gio injury except that Wotherspoon might actually get some games in the Show this season.

    Either way, Gio needs to be ok and come back real soon if we want any semblance of hope for making the playoffs this year.

  • MattyFranchise

    friend of mine posted that he rode the train from NJ with backlund’s dad post-game, and he told him gio’s done for the season. take it for what it’s worth…

  • everton fc

    If post #3 is even remotely correct, we can still win and keep moving in the right direction without the captain. That’s how confident and together I personally think this team is.

    Will they play Potter? Wotherspoon (You’d have to pair him with Wideman as a #4, wouldn’t you?) Or when they move Glencross, you get a 4-6 type d-man in return??

    One could argue bad asset management here pre-season – i.e. not enough defencemen. Would be a fair criticism of the new regime. Something they’ll have to watch, down the road.

    Roman Polak’s still available. As are a few others.

    • supra steve

      I would think that any team that’s loading up for the playoffs (by adding a cap friendly Glencross), would be keeping any competent NHL defenders for themselves. In a Glencross trade, I think the Flames are adding futures, and perhaps a salary dump–who I suppose, could be an overpaid D-man, but I really doubt it.

    • piscera.infada

      One could argue bad asset management here pre-season – i.e. not enough defencemen. Would be a fair criticism of the new regime. Something they’ll have to watch, down the road.

      I’m not sure that would be a fair assessment. We know there needs to be more defensive prospects added to the organization, and I’m very certain management knows this as well. As far as short-term depth goes though, I have a very hard time seeing any of the legit depth defenders signing here as UFAs to start the season last year. Remember, this was a team that was supposed to be right at the bottom of the league standings. The best option for management was to try an trade for Leddy, which Treliving did, but obviously the offer (and likely, the fact that we’re in the west) wasn’t enough.

      The simple fact is, if Giordano is injured for a prolonged period of time, there’s not much you can do about that. I said a similar thing last year when Gio went down and the Flames went on their skid. You can’t bemoan a team for being affected when they lose their number 1 defenseman, it’s just as simple as that. Almost every team in the league would have an extremely difficult time recovering from that. Imagine for a second if LA lost 30 minutes a night from Doughty, or Montreal lost Subban, or Tampa lost Hedman, or Nashville lost Weber, or Minnesota lost Suter.

      The effect for those teams may (or may not) be as pronounced as a Giordano injury would be here, but losing a legitimate Norris trophy calibre defenseman simply isn’t the fault of management. I hope he’s alright, I really do, because if it’s a long-term injury it’s going to be very difficult to recover from. Fingers, toes, and any other extremity you can cross, tightly crossed.

      That all said, where the Flames currently sit, I’m not sure you can deviate at all from the long-term plan. If you were making trades for futures, just let it happen. If Gio’s out long-term, so be it. I personally, wouldn’t be hunting for that replacement defenseman.

    • piscera.infada

      I don’t agree that it was bad asset management in pre-season. I think the better argument is that it was a gap in Feaster’s drafting program. I’m not ready to give up on Jankowski yet, but he was a reach and we would now be in better shape had he picked a defender there.

      As much as this team has Feaster’s fingerprints on it, the lack of depth on defence is also on him. With the exception of a very few exceptional prospects, it takes years for defencemen to develop.

      BT, on the other hand, brought in Diaz, Engelland, Potter, Brookbank, and others. Disagree with the approach or the pay structure all you like, but those guys were and are at least and effort to plug the gap for the Flames until they had players they developed themselves or otherwise acquired.

      • everton fc

        I hear what you’re saying. Perhaps unfair to plant this on the current regime. Maattaa could have been ours.

        Hindsight’s always 20/20, hey?! I actually hope Potter gets a start. He’s been practicing with the team – give him a shot. Seems almost every person coming up from the farm has produced. Perhaps it’s his turn?

        • everton fc

          That’s the thing, our success this year has been a few things, importantly Gio/Brody, our goaltending & the unexpected play of unproven, untested kids being called up. Chicago lost Kane, you can’t replace that nor should you try. You ask players to rise to the challenge & continue to make moves you were planning to do prior to the injury. Flames are in a very similar situation to Chicago except they will probably make the playoffs with out Kane & we will probably be hooped without Gio. Play the hot hand, keep Ramo to give this team a chance to have hot goaltending in more games & deal with him come summer & sell off GlenX for the best futures you can get. He is basically the only real sell off we have. Make other deals if they make sense, try to get a 1st for a salary dump or try to make a hockey trade of youth for youth for an NHL ready blue chip dman.

          Right now , I just hope Gio is out for Friday to give him almost a week to heal up for the Philly game.

  • MWflames

    My 2 cents:

    Stick gets jammed at 3 points. Verniers hand, gios left hamstring/knee and gios stick coming down for a slap shot. In this split second, the stick was very well supported or rigid.

    Gio comes down for a slap shot which suddenly and unexpectatly gets cut off by the stick half way through. That’s the injury, it will be a shoulder or elbow in all likely hood. Quite honestly, I bet he is playing next game (complete guess from watching it).

    The awkward fall was purely because of the stick pushing that back of gios knee. Has anyone ever come up from behind you and kick your knee in? It results in a very awkward tumble…