The Calgary Flames have been on of the NHL’s feel good stories during the first quarter of the season.
But the loss of defenseman Mark Giordano is a hard kick to the lower midseason. He been like a poor man’s Scott Stevens for Calgary, serving as captain, playing tough, logging big minutes, contributing points and helping young partner T.J. Brodie settle in at this level.
Now Giordano could miss the next two months with a broken ankle. For a team trying get by with marginal goaltending from Karri Ramo and Joey McDonald, this injury could be disastrous.
The Flames are facing a makeover under new hockey czar Brian Burke, so this would not be a great time to add veteran defensive help. If anything, this team needs to get younger.
Doing that without Giordano providing grit, leadership and defensive zone stability will be difficult.