Giordano Out Tonight vs. Islanders

Ladies and gentlemen, it may soon be time to panic.

There’s no word yet on how long he’ll be out of the line-up, but coach Bob Hartley has informed the traveling media that Mark Giordano will not play tonight versus the New York Islanders.

The Flames have yet to announce or confirm any roster moves to open up a roster spot for Tyler Wotherspoon’s recall, though one could speculate it would involve either Giordano or the status of Mason Raymond (who won’t rejoin the team until the game in Philadelphia post-deadline after the birth of his daughter). We’ll continue to update this story as it develops.

UPDATE: It appears that Mason Raymond is indeed non-roster. Ladislav Smid and Paul Byron are injured reserve, Raymond and Matt Stajan are non-roster (due to adding children to their families).

  • everton fc

    I’ve said this before; this is a well coached team that will adjust. Hartley and “crew” have probably already determined how many minutes these 3 remaining pairings get this evening. They’ll manage accordingly, and make the most of what they have, as they have all season.

    I still think we are in this game tonight, and that the 4th line of Ferland/Granlund/Poirier finally pots a goal. “Do it for the Captain. Do it for Gio.” That’ll be the line of thinking from this group.

    What would be really sad is we pickup a decent d-man at the deadline, we carry on and make the playoffs, and Gio’s out for the season. And we have a nice run. He’d miss it all, and he got us pretty much this far on his play and leadership.

    “Happens”…

  • Parallex

    Potentially devastating and obviously nerve-wracking to lose our heart-and-soul, whether it’s one game (please) or the dreaded indefinite. BUT …

    Short-term at least, as everton fc mentions above, this team should be up for the task. This is a resilient, mentally-tough team, and there some serious Ewing Theory Potential here (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=The%20Ewing%20Theory).

    Hopefully it’s no more than a week because over the long-term we’re going to need Gio.

  • everton fc

    Moving Glencross to a contender and picking up a young defencive prospect, someone at Tinordi’s level (though I assume he’s not available) would be ideal. The Rangers are shopping defencemen. Would anyone here be adverse to adding a young d-man like John Moore, Conor Allen, or Dylan McIlrath to our posse of prospects?

  • beloch

    I’d be surprised if Hartley runs three set defensive pairs tonight. My bet is that he’ll increase Brodie’s minutes and pair him with at least a couple other defenders, both to maximize the good Brodie can do and to see if he develops any chemistry with somebody specific.

    Whether Hiller or Ramo plays tonight, the goalie is going to have his work cut out for him.