Flames' Giordano ran out of time to make Team Canada

Calgary Flames Mark Giordano (left) battles with David Perron of  the Edmonton Oilers during NHL...

Calgary Flames Mark Giordano (left) battles with David Perron of the Edmonton Oilers during NHL action in Calgary Friday December 27, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS. QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

In less than 48 hours we will find out who Canada's Bobby Ryan will be.

As the U.S. team's controversial selection announcement demonstrated, several of the lads left off Canada's Olympic roster will be as big a story as those who are part of the highly-anticipated 25-man squad.

Mark Giordano is the exception to that rule.

No one will be up in arms when it's almost certain to be revealed the Calgary Flames 30-year-old captain wasn't one of the eight defencemen selected.

Fact is, he just ran out of time.

If not for the foot injury that shelved him for almost six weeks, Giordano may have had enough of a sample size to garner legitimate support amongst Team Canada brass as a role player who truly can hang with the big boys.

Remember, Giordano wasn't one of the 17 blueliners invited to Team Canada's orientation/ball-hockey camp, meaning he had a monstrous mountain to climb just to get into the conversation.

But he got there.


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