Mark Giordano got the long-term contract he and the Calgary Flames were seeking. But there was something missing.
"In my opinion, if he didn't unfortunately go down with an injury, he's sitting here with a Norris Trophy," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Tuesday after Giordano signed a six-year contract extension reportedly worth $40.5 million, an average annual value of $6.75 million.
Giordano, the Flames captain, was leading NHL defensemen with 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) when he sustained a torn biceps tendon Feb. 25 in a game against the New Jersey Devils. He did not play again.
After surgery, Giordano said he would be ready for training camp in September.
“I'm looking forward to getting into an exhibition game," Giordano told the Calgary Sun. "Hopefully I'll get into a nice home game with the feeling of the crowd and all that. It'll be cool.
“I want to get my timing and that feeling you miss because I haven't had that experience in quite a while.”