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Flames sign Giordano to five-year extension

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The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman Mark Giordano to a five-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the new extension is worth $4.02 million per season. Giordano, regarded by some as one of the most underrated blueliners in the League, was due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

In 10 games this season, the 6-foot, 203-pound Toronto native has 3 assists and a plus-2 rating. He entered Friday's games third in the NHL with 26 blocked shots. He's second on the team in ice time per game, at 21:58.

Giordano is in his fourth season with the Calgary Flames, the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent in July 2004. He hit career highs last season in games played (82), goals (11), assists (19) and points (30), and he was one of the few bright spots on a Flames team that finished 10th in the Western Conference.

In 205 career games, Giordano, 27, has 20 goals and 48 assists, plus 193 penalty minutes.
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