Brodie (concussion) returned to action Saturday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins to open the 2018 O.R.G NHL China Games, the Associated Press reports. Brodie dealt with a concussion that ended his 2017-18 campaign with nine games remaining. However, thanks to a long offseason, he appears to be fine early on in training camp. The 28-year-old sees the ice extremely well -- we're talking 178 assists and 213 points in 491 career contests with the Flames -- and he'll get a chance to play with captain Mark Giordano this year.
New Flames head coach Bill Peters confirmed Brodie (concussion) will move to the right side of Giordano to open the season, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports. Brodie played some of his best hockey when paired up with Giordano, but has struggled when separated from him the past two seasons. The 28-year-old defender has posted 68 points and a minus-32 rating over the past two seasons, compared to 86 points and a plus-19 rating between the two years he was paired with Giordano. If Peters keeps the pairing together through next season, expect Brodie's point total to trend upwards. He's evidently healthy after missing the final nine games of the 2017-18 campaign with a concussion.
Brodie missed the final nine games of the season with a concussion and neck injury, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. The report also states that Brodie was forced to decline an invitation to represent Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship because he still hasn't been medically cleared. Calgary is unlikely to issue further updates on Brodie until next season's training camp approaches. Brodie pretty much performed to expectation if you consider that his statline was nearly identical to the numbers he put up in 2016-17. Over 73 games this season, the 27-year-old blueliner finished with four goals, 32 points, and a minus-16 rating while logging 23:41 of ice time per contest.
Flames coach Glen Gulutzan is pessimistic about the chances of Brodie (upper body) returning this season, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. It's probably safe to cut bait on Brodie with consideration to this latest news. Assuming this is the last we'll see of the playmaking defenseman, four goals and 28 assists -- including 11 power-play points -- through 73 games will stand as his final output for the 2017-18 campaign. He's done enough to warrant consideration as a middle-round pick in most fantasy drafts, but it'll be interesting to see if his injury requires further medical attention over the summer.
Brodie (upper body) is considered day-to-day and has been ruled out for the two-game road trip, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Brodie's unavailability will extend to at least four games with his two scheduled absences on tap. With the team out of playoff contention, the players will likely take their time recovering to ensure they are healthy heading into the offseason and ready to roll next season. Brodie's next opportunity to rejoin the action arrives Thursday against the Blue Jackets, while Rasmus Andersson may continue to draw in.
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