News:Mark Giordano continued his strong April on Sunday with an assist in a 4-1 victory over the Wild.
Analysis:Mark Giordano is showing some of his old form this month, with six points in 11 games. If you somehow stuck with him through the season, now's the time to use him.
News:Mark Giordano notched a goal and an assist in Friday's win over Phoenix, giving him four points in four games since returning from injury.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has been producing at a steady pace since returning to the lineup, but you'd be forgiven if you didn't have him in your lineup, or even on your roster. His numbers have left much to be desired this season as he has several prolonged slumps.
News: After the birth of his child, Mark Giordano is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against Vancouver, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: The Flames had three blueliners log more than 26 minutes Friday, so they could use the help. That being said, Mark Giordano no longer puts up the kind of numbers to warrant a fantasy start this late in the season, especially for a team that is staggering to the finish line.
Flames' Giordano To Miss Friday's Game For Birth Of Child
News:Mark Giordano won't travel with the team to San Jose in order to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
Analysis: It is unclear whether Mark Giordano will be available for the Flame's game at Vancouver on Saturday. Since Giordano and Derek Smith (knee), who was just placed on injured reserve, are both unavailable, the Flames have recalled Brett Carson from their AHL affiliate.
News:Mark Giordano had his first multi-point game of the season Thursday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 losing effort against Nashville.
Analysis:Mark Giordano really struggled the first couple of months of the season but has picked it up a bit in March, with five points in nine games. He's showing a little of his form from a few years back when he had 43 points, so if you've got him, now would be the time to utilize him.
News:Mark Giordano snapped an eight-game scoreless streak in a 4-2 win over the Canucks on Sunday.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has been a fantasy bust ever since his huge 43-point
campaign in 2010-11, with a rough season last year and only four points in 20 games this season. Unless he gets on a hot streak, it'd be best to find other options.
News:Mark Giordano was fined $10,000 on Tuesday for a slew-foot against Dallas on Sunday, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano avoided a suspension for the hit. Giordano has really struggled to recapture his magic from 2010-11, when he scored 43 points, as he has only three points in 14 games this season. It's looking more and more like 2010-11 was a fluke, and that while he is a decent defenseman for Calgary, he's not going to tear up fantasy leagues any longer.
News:Mark Giordano will face an NHL disciplinary hearing Tuesday for his slew-foot against Dallas on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: A suspension is almost certainly not in the cards for Mark Giordano, but he could face a fine.
News:Mark Giordano picked up an assist and was plus-2 in the Flames' win over Dallas on Wednesday night.
Analysis: While Mark Giordano's per-game production last season slipped from the 43-point campaign he delivered in 2010-11, his lack of offense this season has been hurting fantasy owners relying on him his ability to tickle the twine from the blue line. The assist Wednesday gives him just three points (1 G, 2 A) through 11 games, which has been accompanied with a minus-4 rating on the year.
News:Mark Giordano registered a pair of points to help the Flames to a 5-4 win over the Stars on Monday.
Analysis:Mark Giordano continues to impress in March, with 11 points in 14 games after putting up 15 points in his first 42 contests of the season. Those that have stuck with Giordano or picked him up recently are reaping the rewards.
News:Mark Giordano has quietly picked up his game as of late, notching an assist Thursday for his seventh point in his last eight games.
Analysis: Seven points in eight games is a nice stretch for a winger, let alone a defenseman. Keep rolling Mark Giordano, as he should be good for the rest of the season.
News:Mark Giordano registered an assist Tuesday, scoring his sixth point in March to help Calgary in a 3-2 overtime win over San Jose.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has recently regained his form from 2010-11, when he became one of the better fantasy defenseman in the league with a 43-point output. He has six points and a plus-4 in his last seven games and is a pretty good start at this point.
News:Mark Giordano scored a pair of points for the second straight game, registering a goal and an assist as the Flames downed the Jets on Friday, 5-3.
Analysis: Although Mark Giordano has had a disappointing season, he is playing well when the Flames need him to, as he has two goals and three assists in his last five games. If you've stuck with him, you're finally reaping the rewards at last.
News:Mark Giordano picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday as the Flames defeated the Canadiens 5-4.
Analysis: Tuesday was only Mark Giordano's second multi-point effort of the season. Although Giordano has not had a dominant season, he does have four points in his last six games, so if there was ever a good time to play him, it's now.
News:Mark Giordano scored on the power play and was assessed seven penalty minutes in Calgary's contest with Phialdelphia on Saturday.
Analysis: This is his first tally since November, so we don't expect a lot of its little brothers and sisters to come tagging along.
News:Mark Giordano registered his ninth assist of the season Tuesday as Calgary defeated Toronto 5-1.
Analysis: Despite a disappointing season where his nine assists are far short of his 35-assist explosion last season, Mark Giordano is starting to play better in February. He has three assists in his last five games, and more importantly for Calgary, is a plus-5 over that span. If you still have Giordano, now is as good of a time as ever to insert him into your lineup.
News:Mark Giordano picked up an assist in the Flames' 2-1 overtime loss at the hands of the Coyotes on Thursday.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has been a disappointment this season after putting up 41 points in 2010-11. That being said, he does seem to be playing better as of late, with three points and a plus-3 in his last seven games. He's not going to get you 41 points again this season, but he will get a point or two here and there.
News:Mark Giordano returned to the lineup Thursday with an assist as the Flames downed the Ducks 1-0 in overtime.
Analysis:Mark Giordano had been out since Nov. 29, but appears fully healthy after rupturing tendons in his leg. When he is healthy, he's a fairly offensive-minded defenseman, so he's a good pick-up if someone dropped him due to his injury.
News:Mark Giordano (leg) is likely a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Ducks, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has missed the past two months with ruptured tendons in his leg, so give him a couple games back before re-activating him or picking him up. When he does return, he will be back on the No. 1 defenseman line, most likely with Jay Bouwmeester.
News:Mark Giordano (leg) could return from injury as soon as Thursday, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano hasn't played in a month in a half due to ruptured tendons in his leg. If you have a roster spot open on defense, Giordano could be worth a spot, as he had 43 points last season.
News:Mark Giordano (hamstring) skated with the Flames again Monday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano, who hasn't played since being injured Nov. 29, is hoping for a quick return, though a specific timetable for that possibility has yet to be outlined.
News:Mark Giordano (hamstring) has begun skating again but is still a long way from returning from ruptured tendons in his leg, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: It's a good sign that Mark Giordano is skating again, but he will likely be out at least another month. Giordano hasn't played since being injured Nov. 29.
News:Mark Giordano will be out indefinitely after he ruptured tendons in his leg on Tuesday, and another MRI will be performed in three weeks for re-evaluation, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: This is not going to be the season Mark Giordano had in 2010-11, when he put up a very pleasant 43 points. The way the injury and early prognosis sounds, you'll be lucky to have him back in January.
News:Mark Giordano has been placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and will be re-evaluated in a week, the Flames' official site reports.
Analysis: This is a tough break for Mark Giordano and the Flames, as they were on a rare two-game winning streak and seemed to be putting together some solid contests. We'll keep you updated as to when Giordano should return. Cory Sarich will likely take his place in the lineup.
News:Mark Giordano left Tuesday's win over the Predators with an ankle injury, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano got hit by a puck in the first period and never returned. For a while the Flames had to play with just four blueliners as a result of injuries to Giordano and Chris Butler, though Butler later returned.
News:Mark Giordano scored a power play marker in Monday's 4-1 loss to Columbus.
Analysis:Mark Giordano was the only Flame not to get shut out by a struggling Columbus team. Giordano had six shots in the contest, showing how big a part he plays in the Flames' offense. He has three goals and four assists in 19 games this season.
News:Mark Giordano grabbed an assist in Calgary's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Friday.
Analysis: After a slow start to the season, Mark Giordano has three points in six November games. He's a pretty good start for a defenseman at this point.
News:Mark Giordano scored his second goal of the year Sunday as the Flames downed the Avalanche, 2-1.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has two points in his last three games and is showing more of the offensive prowess that got him 43 points last season.
News:Mark Giordano had an assist in the Flames' 4-1 win against the Red Wings on Thursday.
Analysis:Mark Giordano got off to a hot start with two points in his first game this season, but only has two points in his last nine contests. He's quite a way off his pace from last season, but should still end up with at least 35-40 points by the end of the campaign.
News:Mark Giordano scored his first goal of the season Thursday, a power-play marker, in the Flames' 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
Analysis:Mark Giordano also took seven shots in the game, a strong endorsement of how involved he's going to be in the offense. Although he snapped a three-game scoreless streak with the goal, he is still a solid fantasy start and should end the season with 40-50 points.
News:Mark Giordano was named the Flames' alternate captain Thursday, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano has basically become the Flames' No. 1 defenseman after a big 40-point season last year. He will be a stalwart on Calgary's blue line and is a quality fantasy defenseman as well.
News:Mark Giordano had an assist and played vital roles on the power play and penalty kill in Calgary's 4-2 preseason win over Phoenix on Thursday, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis:Mark Giordano looks primed to repeat his 40-plus point season from a year ago, and is an excellent fantasy selection heading into the season.
Calgary's Giordano Looks To Build On Breakout Season
News: In starting the first year of his $4.02 million per year contract, the Mark Giordano looks to build on his 43-point season from a year ago, according to the Calgary Herald.
Analysis:Mark Giordano and blue line partner Jay Bouwmeester are a fairly potent tandem, as both have tremendous scoring potential. With Giordano putting up big numbers the last two seasons, he has proven himself to be a valuable fantasy commodity.
News: Giordano finished a career-best season with two assists in Calgary's overtime loss to Vancouver on Saturday. His final mark is 8-35-43.
Analysis: He finished the season on a tear, with 12 points in his last 11 games -- remember, all these points are coming from the blue line -- but the Flames are out of the playoffs, so he's done until October.
News: Giordano logged three helpers as the Flames came from way behind to win a shootout against arch-rival Edmonton on Saturday.
Analysis: His 31 assists and 38 points are easily career highs for him. He's become a much better passer this year, though at 28, it's a bit late for him to have what we'd call a breakout season.
News: Giordano has three assists in the past five games.
Analysis: Giordano is already up to 21 helpers, the most he's had in any season since coming into the league in 2005-06. His ability to frequently make plays as a rearguard should guarantee that he's owned in the majority of fantasy leagues.
News: Giordano collected the game-winner and blocked eight shots as Calgary won in Edmonton on Saturday, 2-1.
Analysis: In the unlikely event that your league counts blocks as a scoring category, he's a fantasy stud. But even in more conventional setups, a rearguard who averages better than half a point per game is generally useful. Giordano stands at 4-17-21 after 39 contests.
News: Giordano is currently second in the NHL in blocked shots, the Calgary Herald reports. He has 89 of them.
Analysis: Giordano is valuable to the Flames because he can do just about everything as a two-way player. In addition to the gaudy block totals, the Toronto native has 40 penalty minutes, a plus-4 rating and at least one point in eight out of the past 10 games. Try not to overlook Giordano as he can be a sneaky producer in standard fantasy leagues.
News: Giordano (face) tucked in his third of the season Friday to help the Flames to a 3-2 shootout win in Minnesota.
Analysis: Giordano was sporting a full cage and a nasty looking facial laceration, but it obviously didn't slow him down in this game. Keep him wherever he normally was on your fantasy squad.
News: Despite Giordano taking a deflected puck to the face in the waning moments of the second period of Wednesday's game against Vancouver, he was able to return early in the third frame, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Fortunately, Giordano looked to be OK following the scary accident. Treat him as you normally would as it pertains to fantasy hockey.
News: Giorando rang up his eighth assist of the season, and tacked on two penalty minutes Monday, in an eventual win over Minnesota.
Analysis: We're familiar with Giordano picking up the occasional point, but much more of a surprise is his 30 penalty minutes in 24 games. At this rate, he'll end up with 102 PIMs, which would result in a new career high.
News: Giordano has signed a five-year, $20.1 million extension to remain with Calgary through the 2015-16 campaign, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: He's been somewhat quiet early on this season with three points (all assists) in 10 games, but Giordano is certainly a player on the rise and the long-term security afforded by this contract should ensure at least a few seasons for him as the Flames' power-play quarterback.
News: Giordano increased his plus/minus from plus-2 to plus-4 when the Flames beat the Sharks on Sunday night.
Analysis: His plus/minus is good for second on the first-place team, trailing only fellow defenseman Robyn Regehr, who currently holds the team lead at plus-5.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano made it two straight games with a goal when he lit the lamp in Saturday's loss to the Lightning.
Analysis: Giordano has three goals and two assists in his last seven games, which is clearly his best spell of the season. Giordano has career highs in goals and points, and he should continue to add to those totals. He has developed into one of the Flames' best offensive blueliners and is a decent low-end Fantasy start in deeper leagues.
News:Ales Kotalik and Mark Giordano scored, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 12 saves in the Flames' 2-1 victory over the Panthers on Friday. Calgary took a 2-1 lead on Giordano's power-play goal with 2:42 left in the second period. The Flames won a facoff in the Panthers' end and Giordano's shot from the right point got cleanly past Tomas Vokoun, who was screened on the play.
Analysis: Giordano has two goals and two assists in his last six games. Giordano has career highs in goals and points, and he should continue to add to those totals. Giordano has developed into one of the Flames' best offensive blueliners and is a decent low-end Fantasy start.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano scored a goal and finished at plus-1 on Thursday against the Coyotes. The Flames got back within a goal when Giordano stickhandled around defensemen Ed Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek before squeezing the puck under Ilya Bryzgalov. It was his eighth goal and second in six games.
Analysis: Giordano has career highs in goals and points, and he should continue to add to those totals. Giordano has developed into one of the Flames' best offensive blueliners and is a decent low-end Fantasy start.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano scored a goal and finished at minus-1 on Friday against the Blue Jackets. He has five goals on the season and two in his last seven games.
Analysis: Giordano has totaled four goals and 10 points in his last 18 games. He has been playing very steady since December and has even moved up the depth chart because of his play. He is now seeing top-pairing time on the power play. Giordano should set a new career high in points in 2009-10 and could be a Fantasy sleeper option for the stretch run.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano scored a goal and finished at plus-2 on Monday against the Oilers. Giordano beat Jeff Deslauriers on the glove side with a quick wrist shot from the middle of the face-off circle in the third period to cap a 4-1 win. He has three goals and four assists in his last 10 games.
Analysis: Giordano has traded good and bad months to start the season. He had six points in October before slumping to two points in November. He is back up to seven points in December and his recent run has earned him a promotion to the top power-play pairing with Dion Phaneuf. Giordano should set a new career high in points in 2009-10, but he remains a low-end Fantasy start.
News:Rene Bourque, Brandon Prust and defensemen Mark Giordano and Adam Pardy scored for the Flames, and defenseman Dion Phaneuf added an empty-netter to seal the win during Thursday's 5-3 victory against the Canucks. Giordano, who also had an assist, opened the scoring with a power-play goal 5:50 into the first.
Analysis: Giordano returned to the NHL in 2008-09 after spending a season overseas. He had a career-high 19 points, but played in just 58 games due to injury. If he is healthy in 2009-10, Giordano should be a regular on the Flames' blue line. He has offensive skills, but we still like Giordano as a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano had surgery in late February on his injured shoulder and did not play during Calgary's first-round playoff loss to Chicago. Giordano's season is officially over.
Analysis: Giordano was having a career season with the Flames before getting hurt, totaling 19 points in his first 58 games. He had been a solid puck-moving defenseman for Calgary and his loss definitely hurt the team. Giordano is merely a low-end Fantasy option when healthy heading into next year.
News: The Calgary Herald reports Flames D Mark Giordano had surgery Monday on his injured shoulder and will be out indefinitely.
Analysis: Giordano is in the midst of a career season with the Flames, totaling 19 points in his first 58 games. He has been a solid puck-moving defenseman for Calgary, so his loss hurts the team. However, Giordano is merely a low-end Fantasy option when healthy.
News: Calgaqry D Mark Giordano was no able to return to action on Saturday against the Oilers as he deals with an upper body injury he sustained after being checked into the boards by NHL hits leader Cal Clutterbuck late in the third period of Thursday's game. He remains questionable for Tuesday's game against Columbus.
Analysis: Giordano is up to 19 points on the season with two goals and 17 assists. He has become a better player since spending a year in Russia but is still only a low-end option when healthy.
News: Calgary D Mark Giordano had to leave the game after being checked into the boards by NHL hits leader Cal Clutterbuck late in the third. He is questionable for Calgary's game at Edmonton.
Analysis: Giordano is up to 19 points on the season with two goals and 17 assists. He has become a better player since spending a year in Russia but is still only a low-end option when healthy.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano tallied an assist and finished at minus-1 during Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets. Giordano has three assists in his last seven games, but hasn't scored in 12 games.
Analysis: The year in Russia has really helped Giordano turn into a complete hockey player. He already has a career-high 15 assists and 17 points in his first NHL action since 2006-07. He has a regular spot in the Flames rotation, but still remains more of a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Flames D Mark Giordano failed to record a point and finished at even in 16:29 of ice time Tuesday against the Blues. He doesn't have a point in December and has failed to stat in the last eight games.
Analysis: Giordano had a solid November with seven points in 14 games, but he is back to his sluggish ways, much the way he played in October (three points in 10 games). He is playing full time since returning from Russia and has 10 points in 31 games. Still, Giordano is best left for the deepest of Fantasy leagues.
News: Calgary D Mark Giordano notched two assists in the Flames' 4-3 win over Toronto on Tuesday night. Giordano assisted Dion Phaneuf in the 2nd period and later was part of Dustin Boyd's 3rd period goal.
Analysis: Giordano only has seven points in 17 games this season for the Flames. He remains just a low-end Fantasy defenseman.
News:The Sports Xchange reports D Mark Giordano has returned to the Flames following a one-year hiatus in Russia. Now the test is whether he can become a top-four playerr.
Analysis: Giordano has looked good in the preseason thus far with one assist and a plus-2 rating in four games. If he can crack a pairing with Adrian Aucoin, there is definitely some potential for Giordano. However, he has a lot to prove and remains just a low-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: According to the Globe and Mail, Calgary D Mark Giordano has signed a one-year contract with Moscow Dynamo of the Russian Super League. The Flames offered him a two-way contract and obviously he felt that was not in his best interest. With the addition of veteran Adrian Aucoin, Anders Eriksson and Cory Sarich, the Flames did not feel he was a full-time guy.
Analysis: Giordano scored seven goals and posted eight assists in 48 NHL games splitting time between Ak-sar-ben of the AHL and Calgary. Drop him from your cheat sheets in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: Mark Giordano scored a goal and had a plus-1 rating in 17:25 of ice time in Sunday's game at Detroit.
Analysis: Giordano ended a three-game scoreless stretch with the goal. He has emerged as a solid play in most larger Fantasy formats, but he is still too inconsistent in leagues of 12 or fewer teams.
News: Mark Giordano was scoreless in Thursday's game at Columbus, posting an even rating in 11:18 of ice time with a shot on goal.
Analysis: Giordano has emerged as a decent No. 4 or 5 Fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams.
News: Mark Giordano has four goals and 10 points with a plus-11 rating in just 29 games with the Calgary Flames.
Analysis: Giordano has gone scoreless in the past four games, so he can be rather streaky. If you need assistance at the defense position, you can certainly do a lot worth in larger Fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
News: Daymond Langkow and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary (22-15-4), which finishes with five wins out of six on its longest homestand of the season on Tuesday. The Flames improve to 17-5-0 at home, tying them with Minnesota for the most home wins.
Analysis: Giordano has two goals and three assists over the past seven games. He is a decent No. 5 or 6 Fantasy defenseman in leagues of 10 or more teams.
News: Mark Giordano scored 4:30 into overtime to give Calgary a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, a victory marred by an injury to leading scorer Jarome Iginla.
Analysis: Despite the goal, Giordano is not a recommended Fantasy option in most leagues.
News: Mark Giordano was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game at Montreal with Rhett Warrener (knee) healthy enough to play.
Analysis: Giordano is now the No. 7 defenseman for the Flames and he might even be returned to the AHL so he can skate on a regular basis. Either way, avoid him in all Fantasy leagues.
News: The Calgary Flames announced Roman Hamrlik and Andrei Zyuzin will make up the second defensive pairing for their opening night roster. Andrew Ference and Mark Giordano will skate as the third pairing with Brad Ference as the seventh defenseman.
Analysis: Only Hamrlik and Zyuzin are worth a look in Fantasy leagues. Consider them as a No. 6 or 7 option in leagues of 12 or more teams at this point.
News: Mark Giordano, recalled from Omaha of the AHL for Friday's game against the Wild, scored a goal in Saturday's game at Vancouver.
Analysis: Giordano is seeing playing time because Jordan Leopold (groin) aggravated his injury. Despite the goal, Giordano has minimal Fantasy appeal.
News: The Flames have recalled Mark Giordano from Omaha of the AHL on Sunday.
Analysis: Giordano has posted 12 goals and 46 points with 116 penalty minutes with Omaha. Despite that success, he has minimal Fantasy appeal at this time.
News: The Calgary Sun reports that Roman Hamrlik (broken hand) won't be able to play again until after the Olympic break. "We're only playing five games in February, so that's going to take care of that month and we'll get him back before the (trade) deadline," said GM/head coach Darryl Sutter.
Analysis: Hamrlik missed 19 of the past 20 games, 18 for a sprained knee. Mark Giordano was called up from Omaha to replace him on the roster. He was paired with 20-year-old rookie Dion Phaneuf.