CALGARY - Mark Giordano's return from a partially ruptured tendon could happen as early as this week.
Giordano took part in his first full practice Monday. He’s been out of action since the Nov. 29 win over the Nashville Predators.
“At the start, it was a question of surgery or no surgery, but it kept getting better, and as we went on, we made the decision to just rehab it,” said Giordano, who’s collected four goals and eight points in 23 games this season. It feels good,”
As much as he’d like to suit up Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils, Giordano may have to wait another couple of days. Even though the team is also without defencemen Scott Hannan, Derek Smith and Brett Carson, they don’t want to push Giordano too soon.
“I feel pretty close to normal, if not normal. I got through a pretty tough practice and skate and hopefully feel better (Tuesday),” Giordano said.
I think we’ll be closer with him come our next home game, not (Tuesday),” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. “If not then, you’ve got to think probably by the weekend.
“We need to know he is there, and it’s not something that can re-occur because we put him in the lineup too soon.”
Centre Brendan Morrison, who missed Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, also practised fully, but was not on a regular line. Prior to the practice, goalie Henrik Karlsson took shots for the first time since being injured Dec. 4.
PUSHING FOR 600
Jarome Iginla remains hopeful he can play until age 40. That would mean the 34-year-old captain could push to become the 19th member of the 600-goal club.
“I’ll enjoy 500 right now,” said Iginla, who scored his 500th goal Saturday. “When I got to 300, 400, you just keep trying to play and do the similar things. It’s just accumulated over time.
“I still love the game and still feel good. I’m going to keep training hard and doing the preparation. I still enjoy the game today as much as I ever have.”
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