• Flames' Giordano Signs Six-Year Deal

    News: Mark Giordano (biceps) signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract extension with the Flames on Tuesday, NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Mark Giordano, an All-Star last season, led all defensemen in scoring (11 goals, 37 assists) through 61 games before a biceps injury ended his 2014-15 campaign in late February. The 31-year-old is expected to be at full strength when the start of the upcoming season rolls around, and he projects as one of the top fantasy defensemen in most formats.
  • Extension On Tap For Flames' Giordano

    News: Flames GM Brad Treliving said Tuesday that signing Mark Giordano (biceps) to a contract extension is the organization's "No. 1 priority," Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: Mark Giordano remains under contract through the end of the 2015-16 season, but after the blueliner was the runaway favorite for the Norris Trophy prior to tearing his biceps in late February, the Flames obviously want to lock him up long term before he hits the open market. There was some hope that Giordano might have been able to return during the Flames' second-round series loss to the Ducks, but the 31-year-old said that the Western Conference Finals was considered the more realistic target. In any event, Giordano should be healthy by the time training camp rolls around, making him a candidate to be among the first defensemen selected in fantasy drafts next season.
  • Flames' Giordano Likely Out For Week

    News: Mark Giordano (biceps) is unlikely to be available this week, the Calgary Herald reports.
    Analysis: Mark Giordano can seemingly be ruled out for Tuesday's Game 3 and Friday's Game 4, but he could perhaps return later in the series, if his teammates are able to extend it past four or five games.
  • Flames' Giordano (Biceps) Participates In Practice

    News: Mark Giordano (biceps) was able to fully participate in the Flames' practice on Saturday.
    Analysis: It still isn't clear when Mark Giordano might be able to return to Calgary's lineup. However, participating fully in practice is certainly a step in the right direction. He may be able to suit up for the Flames at some point during their Round 2 series with the Ducks.
  • Flames' Giordano Resumes Skating

    News: Mark Giordano (biceps) recently resumed skating again, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
    Analysis: Other than suggesting that Mark Giordano hasn't been ruled out from playing during the postseason, the Flames haven't offered any indication about when specifically they might expect the blueliner to play. The fact that Giordano's back on the ice suggests that there's a possibility he could be available later in the second-round series against the Ducks, though the Flames will undoubtedly need him to show increased involvement in practices before talk of a return gains momentum. At this time, the odds are probably more favorable that Giordano wouldn't be available until the Western Conference Finals.
  • Flames' Giordano Remains Sidelined

    News: Mark Giordano -- who suffered a torn biceps muscle on Feb. 25 -- is progressing, but there is no timetable for his return to action.
    Analysis: Mark Giordano has been able to hit the ice with his teammates and handle the puck and shoot 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 opening round of the playoffs.
  • Flames' Giordano Could Reurn Late In Postseason

    News: Mark 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.
    Analysis: Mark 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: (Torn Biceps) Out For Season

    News: General manager Brad Treliving announced Monday that Mark 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.
    Analysis: 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, Mark 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.
  • Flames Place Giordano (Upper Body) On IR

    News: Mark Giordano (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports.
    Analysis: Mark 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.
  • Flames' Giordano Officially Scratched Friday

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