Mark Giordano, out since Feb. 25 with torn biceps, took part in a full team practice with the Calgary Flames on Saturday, but head coach Bob Hartley quelled the notion of a dramatic and sudden return to the lineup.
“Today, it’s a good step in the right direction but he’s still very far,” said Hartley, as per Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Despite the absence of their captain, best defenseman and arguably best player in Giordano, the Flames still managed to exceed expectations by getting into the post-season.
After a victory in the first round over Vancouver, the Flames are in tough (very tough) against the Anaheim Ducks. Game 2 of that series goes Sunday.
Calgary’s GM GM Brad Treliving said at the beginning of March that his prize blue liner was done for the season as a result of the injury. On Saturday, Giordano expressed optimism with the recovery.
“I don’t know,” Giordano told ESPN. “I think overall, rehab’s gone really well so far. You can’t really put a timeline on it, you’ve got to see how you function out there and how you feel. But so far everything’s gone really smoothly. So hopefully it keeps going that way.
“We haven’t really talked about putting a date on it. It’s going to be a lot more of this stuff and ramping it up more before I can even think of playing.”
The Flames trail the Ducks 1-0 in the series, after a brutal 6-1 loss in Game 1.