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Mark Giordano ahead of schedule, could return if Flames advance

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was back on the ice for a skate Monday, just seven weeks after tearing his biceps muscle. Giordano’s original timetable for return was four-to-six months, but he could be in the lineup should the Flames make a playoff run.
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First it was Chicago winger Patrick Kane making an early return for the Blackhawks, and now there’s potential for Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano to be back with the Flames earlier than expected.

Giordano, who has been on the shelf since Feb. 25 with a torn biceps muscle, was on the ice Monday for a short skate to see how his body was feeling. According to Flames GM Brad Treliving, Giordano getting out on the ice was part of the rehabilitation process.

“We’re sort of living day-by-day now,” Treliving told the Flames’ website. “That’s down the road a little bit. But yeah, our first priority with Mark is making sure we’re staying with the program in terms of the proper rehab procedure.”

Even still, staying on track with the rehab seems to have Giordano well ahead of schedule. Like Kane, who was supposed to miss nearly three months with a broken clavicle, Giordano is back on the ice much earlier than expected – especially considering his timetable for return was four-to-six months. Now, just seven weeks later, the Flames’ star defenseman is back on the ice.

However, Giordano is trying to be smart about the injury and doesn’t want to rush himself into the lineup and risk further aggravating the injury.

“This isn't a minor injury,” Giordano told the Flames website. “It's a major injury. If you don't rehab it properly, it could affect you down the road…We'll see what happens in the next few weeks and go from there.”

If the next few weeks go well for Giordano and the Flames, there’s a possibility he could find his way into the lineup midway through a second round series. First, however, Calgary will have to get by the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round. The first-round series kicks off Wednesday and, if it goes the distance, won’t finish until Monday, April 27. With a day or two break and some good fortune when it comes to scheduling, it could be more than two weeks before the Flames head into the second round should they defeat the Canucks.

Getting Giordano back would be a boon for the Flames, especially as they have managed to make it to the post-season even though many believed the injury to Giordano would be a devastating blow that Calgary wouldn’t recover from this season.

Before going down with injury, Giordano pacing the league’s blueliners with 11 goals and 48 points. Even with missing 21 games, Giordano finished 13th among defensemen in scoring, only 18 points back of leader Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson.

Giordano was also one of the frontrunners for the Norris Trophy before the injury in late-February. If he would have remained healthy, there was a strong possibility Giordano would have been the first Flames defenseman to ever take home the award.



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