The Calgary Flames weren’t expected to have a particularly outstanding season, but they haven’t had much help from the injury bug either. They’ve had issues keeping their key players in the lineup, with Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman joining the likes of Mark Giordano on the IR. Giordano made some positive progress this weekend though, as he reportedly practiced with the team for the first time since sustaining a broken ankle at the end of October.
Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald spoke to head coach Bob Hartley about Giordano’s progress on Saturday after the defenseman skated. As per Cruickshank’s report:
It’s his first time with the team, but he’s been skating for two or three days now. He’s doing good. He’s worked so hard in the gym. His conditioning is good. We all know that conditioning in the gym and game conditioning is never the same. But there’s nothing we can do. Gio is a warrior. A very proud athlete.
There haven’t been any changes to the projected six-to-eight week timetable, but hitting the ice and not suffering any setbacks is a massive step in the right direction for Giordano. His injury has been among the most devastating to the team, and with Wideman on the shelf for the foreseeable future, getting the captain back within the next few weeks would be a huge boost.
The Flames have won three of their last six contests, and are currently sitting in sixth place in the Pacific Division.