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SAY WHAT: FILLING THE VOID

Players react to the news that Mark Giordano will miss time with hamstring injury

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

BRAD TRELIVING ON MARK GIORDANO'S INJURY:

"We're going to monitor it on a week-to-week basis. I can't sit here and give you a timeline, but the good news is that this is not as long-term as we initially feared. No surgical procedure - nothing of that nature. We'll get through this next week, take the first week off, and then monitor it. Hopefully he's back sooner rather than later, but it's certainly good news from where we were two nights ago, thinking this was something that could keep him out the rest of the year. ... Probably the best thing I can give you is probably a better sense a week from now, once we know a little bit better in terms of identifying a return date."

 

TRELIVING ON NEEDING PLAYERS TO STEP UP:

"Anytime you lose players, it's not what you want. At the same time, whether you miss a guy for a game or longer, it's a hole in your lineup and you need guys to step up. It's not only opportunity for other people, but we think we have good players that now people have to absorb this loss. At this time of year, with the race that we're in, every game is so important that you never want to have people out of the lineup. That's the reality. The reality is you're going to have injuries. It's how you deal with them and the good news is, we're going to get Gio back. We just don't know when yet. But until such time, you can't be all, 'Woe is me.' We have a big game tonight - and on Saturday - and so on, and so forth. People need to jump in here, step up, and that's our expectation that they will."

 

Video: "In our mind, we dodged the big bullet"

 

TRELIVING ON STRATEGY AT TRADE DEADLINE:

"You've heard me say for a long time, what you do, is you take your cue from your team at the deadline, a lot of the time. So, you continue to do that. Obviously, our situation with Mark's injury, we're in a different situation than we were 48 hours ago. The good news is that we're in a better situation than we were, maybe, 24 hours ago in terms of his timeline. We'll see, is all I can say."

 

GIORDANO ON NOT REQUIRING SURGERY:

"It's good. You never want to sit out any games, to be honest. But I got some encouraging news yesterday that there's not going to be any surgery or anything like that needed. A little bit of time to heal and go day-to-day now. I'm going to work hard to get back as soon as I can."

 

Video: "Got some encouraging news"

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON FILLING THE VOID:

"We're really happy that it's not as bad as we thought. ... There's a bunch of us who need to step it up when he's gone. … One guy can't take over all the responsibility that Gio (has). It's a six-man unit out there right now, and all six of us need to play really well for us to cover all the ground Gio usually covers. He's such a good player - won the Norris last year - and he's dialled in, night in and night out."

 

Video: "There's a bunch of us who need to step it up"

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON TEAM'S DEPTH:

"We've got a deep team. Guys are going to play different minutes, more minutes, and guys are going to get their confidence going here. We're at an important time of year right now where we need every point we can get, so guys are going to do whatever it takes to win games."

 

Video: "Guys have to step up in his absence"

 

BRANDON DAVIDSON ON BEING RECALLED:

"Awful news having 'G' go down like that. I was watching the game, I saw what happened and (it's) unfortunate, it really is. But on the other side of things, it's a good chance for me to come back up here, play some hockey and try to prove myself once again."

 

Video: "Good chance ... to try and prove myself once again"

 

GEOFF WARD ON RALLYING IN GIORDANO'S ABSENCE

"In Boston, it happened to us a lot. We lost (Patrice) Bergeron for a whole year one time. We lost key guys at different points. Gregory Campbell, broken leg. Nathan Horton, a concussion. These things happen all the time to key players. That's part of the game. The thing is, is that you value the opportunity as a player to get in and make a difference and I think as a group, you've got to value the contribution that the guy coming in is there and you have to show confidence in him, and trust that he's going to do his job. I think if the team pulls together in this, it's the opportunity for us to springboard forward with it and play strong, is good."

 

Video: "For us, that's real good news"

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