Just a few days after making headlines for taking to the ice in the first place, Calgary Flames captain Mark Girodano could return to game action tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Two days ago the headlines read that he was inching closer towards return. It’s now being reported that he could be good to go tonight.
Kristen Odland of The Calgary Herald is reporting that if the defenseman can get through Wednesday’s morning skate without any pain that he’ll play against Phoenix.
She spoke to head coach Bob Hartley about Giordano’s progress:
I know only one Mark Giordano. He’s always full speed, always ready to go, I saw him and Glenny (Curtis Glencross who is still out with a knee injury) and all those injured guys in the gym every day. The way they get ready, they want to get back… But Gio looked very good (Tuesday) and I asked him after practice and he had zero pain.
Giordano echoed his coach’s sentiment:
I feel great. I felt better than expected. I felt no pain in the ankle area. As far as it feels right now, it feels pretty good. I was surprised with how good I felt (Tuesday).
It can be tough to work a player back into game shape after he missed more than four or five weeks with an injury, but the Flames are battered right now and can use all the help they can get in all three zones. Giordano at 80% game shape is better than nothing at this point.
Calgary obviously won’t put him in a position where he could re-injure himself, but if he give the go-ahead this morning then it seems likely that he’ll be out on the ice tonight to take part in his first NHL game in six weeks.