AB, Calgary, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames revealed that its captain Mark Giordano has suffered a broken ankle and will be out of action for 6 to 8 weeks.
He suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Calgary’s 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 21.
“It’s tough. I was pretty disappointed when I heard the news. You almost feel it’s a letdown for the team,” said Giordano.
In eight games this year, Giordano has posted nine points including seven assists. He averaged more than 25 minutes a night, and was second on the team to Dennis Wideman in minutes played.
Coach Bob Hartley admits it would be tough without Giordano as his absence would affect the Flames at both ends of the ice.
“We have no one that can fill Gio’s spot,” Hartley confessed.
Derek Smith, who has played just one game for the Flames this season, is hoping to take advantage of the unfortunate opportunity.
“Obviously you don’t want to see anyone go down, especially your captain, your leader, but it’s going to give guys like me and [O'Brien] more opportunity to get into the lineup and play,” he said.
The Flames will look to replace some of the leadership qualities brought by Giordano, who was given the team’s captaincy in September following Jarome Iginla’s departure.
But a leadership-by-committee attitude makes that role a little easier to fill, according to alternate captain Mike Cammalleri.
“We’ve definitely done it by committee and that will stay the same. It’s important to understand that Gio is a significant part of our lineup and as a leader undoubtedly, however I firmly believe it’s never about one guy and it’s all about how we play as a group,” Cammalleri said.
To compound their woes, Flames right wing Lee Stempniak is considered week-to-week with a broken foot, and defenseman Christopher Breen is day-to-day with a strain of his abdominal wall.