Year likely over for injured Gio

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano had shoulder surgery yesterday, and appears to be a longshot to return this season.

Clearly, this is bad news for the Flames, although they wouldn't comment on a timeframe for his return.

Head coach Mike Keenan was offering up his laundry list of injured players when Giordano's name was brought up.

"He'll be out for a long period of time," Keenan said before noting the blueliner went for surgery yesterday.

"He damaged his shoulder in that contact with (Cal) Clutterbuck in Minnesota."

Keenan said he had no idea whether Giordano was expected to return this season.

"I really can't give you any more on that," he said.

"I would suspect because he's being operated on, it'll be a long time, but I can't tell you until the doctors tell us what the outcome of the operation was."

Giordano was hurt Thursday night late in the third period of his team's 3-2 overtime win over the Wild.

Giordano's arm was pinned into the boards when he was hit by the rambunctious Clutterbuck.

The Flames are carrying six defencemen, and Jim Vandermeer stepped back into the rotation.

However, the loss of Giordano, especially for the long term, will be felt.

The soon-to-be 26-year-old had collected two goals -- both on the powerplay -- and 19 points this season, which is third most among defencemen.

He averaged more than 16 minutes of ice time per game.

The Flames are currently also without Daymond Langkow (hand), Andre Roy (head), Rene Bourque (ankle), Wayne Primeau (foot) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder).

With the March 4 trade deadline fast approaching, the Flames will be a team front and centre for all trade rumours involving defencemen.

Warrener has been on the injured list all season and had surgery a few months ago, but has been skating lately.

Keenan was asked if Warrener was an option for the club to consider.

"He is not cleared to play at this point, medically," Keenan said.

"It's a moot point, presently."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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