Mark Giordano makes homecoming to Calgary, a return to Flames possible

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Sep 29, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano (5) during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Kraken selected Mark Giordano after the Calgary Flames left him unprotected. It was a tough time for both the player and franchise even though expectations leading up to the expansion draft indicated GM Ron Francis would make that pick.

Efforts were made to try and have Seattle take someone else, or even possibly trading him in order to not lose him for nothing. However, the price to protect him was simply too high and Giordano became the Kraken’s first captain.

Mark Giordano set to return to Calgary

December 23 was to be the night the Seattle Kraken veteran would return to Calgary after spending 15 seasons there, including his final eight as the Flames’ captain.

Unfortunately for him, that game was one of many just before the holidays postponed because of COVID-19 concerns.

Instead, the 38-year-old Giordano, the Norris Trophy winner in 2019 as the NHL’s top defenseman, will make his return Saturday night. Calgary will assuredly have a video tribute planned but the outpouring of love from Flames fans is what will likely bring the vet to tears.

“It’s about playing with so many of those guys there for a long time and having great relationships,” Giordano said before scoring a goal and adding two assists Dec. 30 in a 6-4 loss to the Flames in Seattle. “So, it’s going to be cool playing against them. I think we’re all competitive, so we want to do well against each other. And obviously, I’m the same. So, it will be fun.”

Flames may look to bring home Giordano

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Oct 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Seattle Kraken Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano (5) celebrates with teammates after the first win in franchise history following a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

There have been rumors that the Kraken, who are in last place in the Pacific Division, might entertain offers for Giordano before the league’s March 21 trade deadline.

Giordano has 21 points in 44 games for the Kraken. He is exactly what contending teams will be looking for at the deadline

“There’s a lot of things that come into play,” Giordano told The Athletic last week. “I can’t say, ‘Oh, I want to be out. I want to request a trade,’ or anything like that because I don’t. I truly love coming to the rink every day and I enjoy the team. But I also understand sometimes, there is a business side to this sport.

“I’m honestly going to cross that bridge right when it comes to it. I’m not going to make my mind up until I have a good honest conversation with (Kraken general manager Ron Francis).”

Giordano said he wants to play at least one more season.

“You definitely realize time is ticking when you get to my age,” Giordano said. “You only have so many more cracks at winning the Cup. That’s my goal from here on out in my career. It’s not about anything else but that. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

Of course, whether it is this season or as a free-agent in the offseason it sounds like a reunion with the Flames in inevitable.

Mark Giordano played 15 years in Calgary and in a recent interview on Sportsnet 960, his agent made some interesting comments.

“Calgary has got to be a possibility,” Ritch Winter said. “I know from Gio’s perspective, obviously his entire adult life has been lived in the city of Calgary, where he counts most of his friends, many who are teammates. I gotta think he’d be excited about it.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.