Mark Giordano to have surgery, miss rest of Flames' season
Defenceman will need 4-5 months of recovery time
Flames captain Mark Giordano will have surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon and is out for the season, the team announced just after the trade deadline passed.
General manager Brad Treliving told reporters in Philadelphia that the Norris Trophy candidate will miss four to five months and that there is no chance for him to play, even in the playoffs.
Treliving called the news "devastating."
Giordano was tied for second in the NHL in scoring among defencemen with 48 points on 11 goals and 37 assists.
Because of Giordano's absence, the Flames understandably were sellers at the deadline.
On Monday, they sent 22-year-old forward Sven Baertschi to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in this year's draft.
Baertschi has four assists in 15 games for Calgary this year and has spent much of the season with the AHL's Adirondack Flames.
Treliving said Baertschi asked for a trade.
The 2011 first-round pick has just eight goals and 20 assists in 66 career NHL games.
On Sunday the Flames got a second- and a third-round pick from the Washington Capitals for pending-free-agent winger Curtis Glencross.
Calgary is in third place in the Pacific Division through 62 games.
Also Monday, the Flames recalled forward Drew Shore from Adirondack.