Good news for the Flames with captain Mark Giordano skating with the main group in Los Angeles today.
Giordano continues to work his way back from a broken ankle that he suffered on October 21. He was given a six-to-eight week timetable and it has been five weeks since he broke the ankle. He is definitely nearing a return and could be back in the lineup next week, which would be a huge boost for the Flames.
Giordano skated today for the first time since breaking his ankle.
Giordano is likely still a couple of weeks away from returning, but he said that his ankle felt better as the skate went on. His original timetable was 6-8 weeks, and it has been exactly one month since he suffered the injury. Giordano is the heart-and-soul of the Flames' blueline, so the return of their captain is much anticipated.
Giordano out 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle.
This is a tough break for a young Flames team who lose their captain until mid-to-late December. He was off to a great start posting two goals and seven assists in eight games. Expect Kris Russell to see an increase in minutes and power-play time with Giordano out.
Mark Giordano (lower body) is on injured reserve, retroactive to October 21st.
Giordano is eligible to return to the lineup on Wednesday but there is no timetable for his return.
Mark Giordano will miss his third consecutive game tonight.
The Flames captain is dealing with a lower-body injury and will not play on Saturday. He has two goals and seven assists in eight games, so this is a tough loss for the Flames.
Giordano (lower-body) will likely miss his second straight game tonight.
The Flames captain has two goals and seven assists in eight games. Chris Breen will play his second game if Giordano can't go.
Mark Giordano is back.
Giordano missed the Flames last game because he was with his wife while she gave birth to a new baby boy. Anton Babchuk will likely be scratched in favor of Giordano.
Also D-Pairings..Butler-Bouwmeester...Giordano-Wideman..believe those pairings will stay thru camp..maybe the season.
The Giordano-Wideman pairing could benefit both players as a solid offensive unit should their past performance carry over into this season.
Btw Giordano will be getting a root canal so he is not unscathed..
Giordano almost lost some teeth last night but will remain in the lineup tonight. He has five goals and 16 points through 43 games.
Giordano taking lots of extra skating...looks like thurs or sat for him...
Giordano won't play tonight but certainly draws back in this week. He registered four goals and eight points in 23 games before getting hurt. He could be a nice addition if you find him on your waiver wire.
Giordano says he can't answer whether he'll play tomorrow. Says he feels fine though and hasn't had any setbacks. #Flames
Giordano continues to take steps toward recovering. He has four goals and eight points over 23 games but last played on November 29th. If a hasty owner dropped him, feel free to add the two-way defender.
Good to See Mark Giordano skating with team...interesting..
Giordano continues to take steps toward recovering. He has four goals and eight points over 23 games but last played on November 29th.
Look for Mark Giordano to get reevaluated this weekend...lots of talk he could play for Flames at home next week.
Great news for the Flames and Giordano owners as the d-man made a quicker-than-expected recovery. Before getting hurt the undrafted d-man had four goals and eight point through 23 games. He last played on November 29th.
As SNET reported last night Mark Giordano is skating this morning by himself at Saddledome #quickrecovery??
Great sign to see Giordano back on the ice. The Flames top defender has been sidelined since November 29th and is out indefinitely with a torn tendon.
News on Mark Giordano not good. Out with ruptured tendons in leg. No timetable for return. That's awful for him, and the Flames.
At this point Giordano should be stashed on your IR. If you find IR too crowded he may be safe to drop as he could miss the rest of the season.
Gio is on IR minimum of seven days out. He is undergoing mri.
Not good news for the team's top defender. The Toronto native has four goals and eight points in 22 games, playing in all situations.
Mark Giordano has a lower body injury & won't return this game.
Giordano is the top blue-liner on the Flames and will be missed. The Toronto native has four goals and eight points in 22 games, playing in all situations.
Source: @NHLFlames 11/29/11, 6:47 pm EST