The number one priority for us right now is making sure the team is giving all the proper tests and medical treatment and all the things we need to do. Once we've gone through that, we'll provide an update. At this point that's as far as I want to go in terms of any updates. - Brad Treliving
UNIONDALE, NY -- The message on Mark Giordano a day later remains the same. No news.
Delivered on Friday via general manager Brad Treliving, the Calgary Flames had no update on the health of Giordano heading into Friday’s game against the New York Islanders.
"I know everybody is eager to get information but at this point we have no update,” Treliving said via conference call. “We'll see how things progress through the day and going into the next day or so. The number one thing is how critical and important (Giordano) is to our team. The number one priority for us right now is making sure the team is giving all the proper tests and medical treatment and all the things we need to do.
“Once we've gone through that, we'll provide an update. At this point that's as far as I want to go in terms of any updates."
Details have been scarce since Giordano tumbled to the ice after getting tripped up by Steve Bernier in the late stages of Calgary’s 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Wedneday.
Flames coach Bob Hartley said Thursday that Giordano was undergoing evaluation.
That’s where he remains with Treliving’s update.
"We're still evaluating him,” Treliving said. “The priority for us is to make sure we go through this properly and take our time. You do this with every player. Obviously it goes without saying the significance and importance of (Giordano) we want to make sure we're being diligent in terms of the protocol on all the medical side of things. We're going to the Doctors and experts go through all that.
“When we come to a conclusion we will let you know. Until that time we're not going to make any more comments."
Some facts did trickle in through Treliving, though.
Giordano sustained an upper-body injury on the play. Giordano remains with the club in Long Island, too.
But the severity of the injury itself?
"Once we know where Mark is at then we'll share that,” Treliving said. “Until such time there's still some things that we have to go through. It's like any situation; you see how things progress over hours and days and those types of things. We're not at a position to make any type of statement."
And the timeline for a potential return?
"I don't want to characterize or start putting timelines on this,” Treliving said. “We'll be cautious and we're hoping for the best and we'll see how things progress. I don't want to put a time frame on it until such time when we know more. Right now we continue to be in wait-and-see mode."
Wait-and-see mode could put Treliving in a tight spot.
While there’s uncertainty in Hartley’s lineup heading into the skate against the Islanders, even more mystery forms under Treliving’s action leading into the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.
Giordano’s injury will certainly weigh in on the GM’s activity.
"You're always monitoring your team and where you're at. Injures and all those types of things are taken into consideration,” Treliving said. “The fact of the matter is there is certain players you don't replace. There's not a Mark Giordano tree sitting out there that you just go pluck one from. You have to first determine what his status is going to be.
“Does it change things? It's a unique position. If you need to replace somebody or add or if he's going to miss some time then obviously it's something you're going to look at. The reality is that you don't replace Mark Giordano and you definitely don't replace him at the end of February -- those players are not out there. Two-fold, we'll continue to monitor his status, nothing changes in terms of our mindset in the sense that you're always looking to help yourself. It's got to make sense to you, the price has got to fit. You have to be able to go find somebody that makes sense to come in.
“You can't be reactive in any situation. This doesn't go for just Mark's situation but any situation. You can't be reactionary and then you wake up and say what the heck did we do here. We're looking at this as we do anything else, monitoring your team and if there's a chance for us make ourselves better down the stretch here at a price that makes sense by all means we'll look at it.
“That's sort of the mindset here but to think that Mark is out for any length of time you don't just go out and find another Mark Giordano, that's just not reality."