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Giordano has surgery

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have lost another player for the long-term.

Head coach Mike Keenan said Giordano will be out  of the line-up long-term because of shoulder surgery he underwent on Monday.

"He is going to be out for a long period of time. He messed up his shoulder in contact with Clutterbuck and is having surgery today," said Keenan.

The Clutterbuck Keenan refers to is Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild who just happens to lead the National Hockey League in hits this season. Giordano hurt his shoulder in the Flames 3-2 overtime win in Minnesota on February 19.

Clutterbuck had 232 hits on the season as of Monday.

"I can't tell you exactly how long he will be out because the surgery is today," said Keenan, when asked if Giordano would be lost for the remainder of the season.
Giordano did not play in the Flames win Saturday in Edmonton. He was replaced int he line-up by Jim Vandermeer who came off the injury reserve list just as Giordano was injured.

 The Flames have suddenly run into injury troubles as Daymond Langkow (hand), Rene Bourque (ankle) and Andre Roy (concussion) were all injured in games last week,

Bourque and Giordano are considered long-term injuries while Langkow and Roy are listed as day-to-day, said Keenan.

Over the weekend the Flames recalled Jamie Lundmark and Kyle Greentree, the two top scorers off the Quad City Flames, the Flames top affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Both played in Edmonton on Saturday helping to eventually form a second line with Todd Bertuzzi.

"We gave them responsibility and they responded," said Keenan. "They are a little more seasoned as players because they have had some experience in the NHL before."


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