Flames' Giodano enjoys Cherry's shoutout

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

Even Mark Giordano is surprised to hear his name and the word Norris in the same sentence.

But being it came from Don Cherry, the Calgary Flames defenceman can appreciate the gesture.

During Saturday’s Coaches Corner segment, the infamous hockey commentator said Giordano is a “great defenceman who I think should be up for the Norris.”

“It’s far-fetched,” Giordano said. “He’s a passionate guy. When he believes in a player, he says it on his show. It’s pretty cool.”

Giordano’s phone was ringing all during his Sunday off, with the biggest call coming from his father Paul, who was beaming with pride.

“He’s been watching him a lot longer than I have,” Giordano said. “It’s cool that Don would do that. He doesn’t have a long show during the intermission.

“When he takes the time to bring your name into it, it’s pretty cool. I heard also he was talking about my buddy Matt Moulson. We played together growing up. His story is pretty cool and what (he’s) doing in New York is awesome, too.”

Shorthanded practice

Even before David Moss left practice with an ankle injury, the Flames forward lines were depleted.

Winger Curtis Glencross was absent to be with his wife as the couple is welcoming their first child.

Centre Olli Jokinen also skipped the session and head coach Brent Sutter it’s simply a flu bug and the Finn should be able to suit up Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Also not in action was newcomer Fredrik Modin, who has battled a back injury this season. Modin is a minus-3 with no points in four games since coming over from Atlanta at the trade deadline.

Modin missed the loss to Vancouver Saturday as Abbotsford callup Lance Bouma took his spot on the roster.

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