Giordano: 'Every day is getting better'

Published May. 8, 2015 3:17 p.m. EDT

While the Flames have been pushing on and on through the playoffs, they have done so without their captain and one of their best players, Mark Giordano.

Giordano has been out since since late February with a torn bicep, and has been working hard each day to make sure he can comeback better than ever. And just yesterday, Giordano took part in the longest practice the Flames have held in recent memory.

The captain has been talking to the surgeon who corrected his bicep on a weekly basis, and both are working together to make sure he recovers in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

"It's still pretty early with this type of injury so we got to be smart about it," Giordano said. "It seems like every day is getting better and better so it's been all positive."


:At the end of the day you've got to leave it up to the number one guy to take advice from is our surgeon, who has seen a lot of these before, and go from there."

Giordano is still a ways away from a full recovery, and a return to the playoffs is pretty much out of the question.

The 31-year-old defenseman was an early Norris Trophy candidate after a surprising start to his season. Giordano had 11 goals and 37 assists in just 61 games this year, and played a gigantic role in the team's success.

Now, he must cheer from a seat and continue working hard towards recovery.

Giordano has been able to receive a light amount of contact at practice, but his doctor has told him he can't do it too much. Which is unfortunate for Giordano because, well, he kind of loves contact.

"I like getting hit, honestly," Giordano said. "It's the best when you're not thinking about getting hit and you get hit because that raises your level of confidence. A couple of times I fell out there today which is good. I think it's a good thing to fall and react."

(h/t Calgary Flames)

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