CALGARY, AB -- It’s been a long, patient offseason for Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano.
He’s itching to get back.
Seeing his season end as a result of a torn biceps tendon after getting tangled up with New Jersey Devils forward Steve Bernier in a 3-1 Flames win on Feb. 25, the Calgary captain declared himself 100 percent and ready to go for the 2015-16 campaign.
“I started skating towards the end of last year while we were still in playoffs and shooting the puck a little bit,” Giordano said. “I got home, took some rest, and then got right into the strengthening phase of my recovery. That felt great. Honestly, I’m 100 percent today and feel like there’s nothing in my mind, nothing physically that’s going to hold me back.”
Recovery time was expected to be four to five months, but with the Flames qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009 in April, Giordano didn’t completely consider his season to be season ending.
Had Calgary advanced beyond the Anaheim Ducks and into the Western Conference Final, the 31-year-old didn’t rule out a return.
“It was a possibility for sure but it was tough to say,” Giordano said. “It was pretty early at that point. If we would’ve got into the next round it would’ve really become a decision, I think, for myself and the staff. Took it day-by-day at that point. When we got into the summer, we were really smart about the process of getting it healed.”
Giordano was in the midst of a career season before sustaining the injury.
At the time, his 48 points were tied for the lead among NHL defencemen, and tied for the team-lead on the Flames. Giordano had 11 goals, a plus-13 rating and averaged 25:10 of ice time per game.
Despite missing the final 21 games of the regular season, he finished sixth in Norris Trophy voting, including one first-place vote, six second-place votes and 11 third-place votes.
He feels he'll be ready to round into similar form.
“Honestly today I feel like I did at the start of last season,” Giordano said. “I feel great.”